Building Capacity for the Emerging Aged Care Needs of CALD Communities

ILC staff member with talking to people from the CALD communityILC Multicultural Aged Care Service (ILC MACS) as the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) provider for WA continues to provide information, resources and training to service providers so that older people of diverse backgrounds can access culturally appropriate care. As such, ILC MACS serves as a bridge between multicultural communities and aged care providers.

A new project being supported by ILC MACS is the ‘Building Capacity for the Emerging Aged Care Needs of CALD Communities’ project, which is being undertaken by Outcomes Plus, funded by the Department of Social Services.

The project aims to develop tools and strategies that will support culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, with emerging aged care needs, to submit competitive applications as part of the next Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) process.

The ACAR is a competitive application process that enables prospective and existing approved providers of aged care to apply for a range of new Australian Government funded aged care places (both residential aged care places and home care places) and financial assistance in the form of a capital grant. Places are allocated to applicants that demonstrate that they can best meet the aged care needs within a particular planning region.

As part of the project work, several consultations were planned for each capital city with CALD communities and stakeholders in late 2014.

ILC MACS was contracted by Outcomes Plus to facilitate links with communities and to host community consultations in Western Australia. The first consultations have been facilitated, both face to face and via the phone, with over 30 CALD community representatives and ethno specific providers in aged care.

As part of the consultation process, communities provided valuable insight into their specific communities’ aged care needs as well as feedback on the needs and issues they have, in the past, had in participating in the ACAR process.

In the next stages of the project, ILC MACS provided advice on the resources being developed by Outcomes Plus to support interested CALD communities in developing their ACAR applications.

The final stage of the project will incorporate two levels of testing and training. CALD community representatives will be invited to participate in a one day briefing workshop that will walk participants through the draft support material and provide an opportunity to engage on key issues and orientate them towards forthcoming ACARs.

This project is scheduled to be completed in February. Find out more about the project here.

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