NSW’s first Islamic faith aged care home opened

New South Wales’ first aged care home for senior Muslim Australians has formally been opened today.


The not-for-profit organisation, Gallipoli Health Services, received a $10 million capital grant from the Federal Government to develop the new Gallipoli Home residential aged care service in the Sydney suburb of Auburn.


Speaking at the opening, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said the Government was committed to ensuring aged care was available for all of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.


“This is a unique facility. It is the first home in New South Wales to specialise in aged care services for Australians of the Islamic faith from more than 10 different cultural communities,” Mr Wyatt said.


“These include Turkish, Lebanese, Indian, Egyptian, Iranian, Syrian, Afghani, Iraqi, Pakistani and Bangladeshi. Staff here will speak Turkish, Arabic, Hindi, and Urdu to cater for all residents’ needs.”


Gallipoli Home’s opening coincides – to the day – with the arrival of the Turkish community in Australia. Fifty years ago, in 1968, the first group of migrant workers from Turkey arrived in Sydney.


“Designed to be culturally sensitive to the Islamic community, Gallipoli Home is a state-of-the art, purpose-built, aged care home that fuses modern architecture with Turkish, Indigenous Australian, and Islamic art,” Mr Wyatt said.


“It offers 102 places comprising 82 single rooms and 10 double rooms, an atrium, reception, lounge, communal facilities, a café, village shops with halal foods, wellness centre, and underground car park.


“Furniture, linen, crockery and fittings are culturally familiar, along with specific religious requirements including prayer rooms, and residential areas to allow men and women to meet separately.”


Mr Wyatt said, “We want all senior Australians – regardless of where they are born – to live a socially connected life that will enhance their health and wellbeing as they age.”


14 October 2018.