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Including LGBTI older people in Aged Care Reforms

COTA Australia welcomed the Federal Government’s Aged Care Diversity Framework, aimed at recognising the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older Australians and the need to build an inclusive, respectful and person-centered aged care system.

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, recently released the new framework, designed to support the government, aged care providers, consumers, families and carers in addressing the specific barriers and challenges faced by Australia’s diverse ageing population.

The Aged Care Diversity Framework addresses why it is important to recognise the diversity of race, religion, spirituality, language, sexuality, gender, economic status and personal experience across the broader population in providing aged care for older people. As people age, age care services will need to be responsive to the range of individual needs.

COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said the framework was an important step in ensuring all older Australians, irrespective of their background, have choice and control over how they access aged care.

“Australians have a range of life experiences and diverse characteristics that continue to be reflected in our older population,” said Mr Yates. Follow the link for more information.

COTA Australia welcomes the three action plans currently being developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from CALD backgrounds and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex (LGBTI) peoples.

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