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PICAC involvement

5 October 2017

The PICAC team are involved in a wide range of projects, here are some of them:

  • Speak My Language: the newly established two-year project, run by The Ethnic Communities Council of NSW (ECC) and an Advisory Group of 19 members, aims to develop technology-based solutions (interactive website, on-air community broadcast programs and webinar training) to increase awareness of the aged care system and encourage planning for future care needs among people from CALD backgrounds. One initiative is to use radio to reach the many diverse communities; the aim is to establish connections with more than 80 CALD radio stations that broadcast across four states in more than 25 languages. As an advisory group member we assist the project by providing knowledge and resources about CALD communities so that their needs can be better covered.
  • National Aged Care Alliance (NACA): a representative body of peak national organisations in aged care (including consumer groups, providers, unions, and health professionals) which work together for better care of older Australians. When the Alliance was established in 2000 it identified four key areas to work with: consumer rights, quality of care, workforce planning and short and long term financing of aged care. See the NACA website for more information.
  • Advance Care Planning Australia: a national program that provides information and resources to individuals, care workers and healthcare professionals with the aim of improving the planning of future care. PICAC in NSW & ACT, South Australia and Victoria work with and provide ACPA links with CALD communities where advance care planning is less common than among non-CALD people. The program includes information sessions in CALD communities, surveys with health professionals from CALD backgrounds and the development of information packages in 13 different languages. 
  • Supported Decision-Making for People with Dementia Interest Group: the aim of the research is to find out how people who are diagnosed with dementia make decisions and plan their future, an insight which will help us to better prepare, plan and make decisions about future health care, medical treatments and other concerns. The study also sets out to understand what different sections of the community think about supported decision-making for people living with dementia. PICAC represents people with dementia and their carers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. We also organise interviews between facilitators and people with dementia and their carers. Every second month the group come together to discuss findings and put forward practical solutions on how to improve the situation for people living with dementia and their carers. We work on recommendations to government and service providers on how to improve supported decision-making and develop educational resources for the wider community. The University of Western Australia is behind the project.
  • Increasing social connection for older people in marginalised communities: the roundtable group aims to identify the barriers to social connections and reduce social isolation among older people. Social isolation is one of the major problems for some older people from CALD, LGBTI and Indigenous backgrounds. We represent older people from CALD backgrounds and work on recommendations to reachable solutions.  The NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS) is leading the group. Read more here: scoping paper.
  • NSW State-Wide Respite Sector Support & Development Project (Respite Project): the project sets out to support small respite organisations, especially in rural and regional NSW, in their readiness to transition under the Aged Care and Disability reforms. Objectives:
  • 1) Build the capacity of providers to deliver entry-level community care services.
  • 2) Promote collaboration and partnerships that support the development of the community-based respite services in a way that meets the aims of the programme and broader aged care system.
  • 3) Guide stakeholders to support the transition to the CHSP / CCSP and access to services.
  • 4) Demonstrate leadership and provide advice on relevant sector management and service delivery issues.