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PICAC Update April

13 April 2017

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” Cesar Chavez

For PICAC NSW & ACT, 2017 is looking to be yet another promising year. We have been advised that support from the Department of Health will continue for the PICAC programs until June 2018. This means that we can continue to support the sector, both at a state and national level, in the endeavours of delivering culturally appropriate care.

Following the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Report of 2011, and as a result of ongoing changes to the aged care system, the Government commenced the legislative review in September 2016. The review is being undertaken with multiple stakeholders, including approved providers, aged care workers, carers, people with special needs, consumers and representatives of consumers. In addition to written submissions, face to face consultations have also been scheduled across the states during February and March 2017. To date, PICAC NSW & ACT have been involved in the review process via written submission as well as face to face consultation in ACT. Of particular interest were concerns raised by consumers around My Aged Care and how to better assist and advocate for those who are not able to navigate the system due to cognitive impairments and language, cultural and technological barriers.

We are also looking forward to the development of a Diversity Framework, with action plans for each of the Special Needs groups. According to the Diversity Framework, Supporting LGBTI, CALD and ATSI Elders to Age Well briefing paper, it is intended that the Framework will be a 5-year plan, covering the remainder of the aged care reforms and seeing them fully embedded. In addition to the high level principles across all special needs groups, the proposal also includes achievable and measureable goals for the sector and government to achieve those principles; key strategies to meet “general” diversity within ageing, aged care and health; examples of good practice; ongoing evaluation and most importantly, ongoing sustainability beyond the 5-year plan.

Cecilia Milani