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Developing an action plan for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

The Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) is leading the formation of an Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the Commonwealth Government’s development of an Aged Care Diversity Strategy Framework.

IUIH will conduct the action plan research and actions in collaboration with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

IUIH said Australia’s aged care system is changing and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians display the same diversity of characteristics and life experiences as the broader population.

As part of the development of the Aged Care Diversity Strategy Framework, implementation action plans will also be developed for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans and/or Intersex communities.

The Institute said that with the aged care system evolving to offer increased choice and control for consumers, and the transition to person-centred care there was a need to hear specifically from communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians.

IUIH would like to specifically hear from consumers of aged care services or their family members, carer or representative; aged care providers and peak representative groups.

They are aiming for three significant outcomes:

  1. a proposed Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care that will be an integral part of the national Aged Care Diversity Framework
  2. a detailed consultation report that will inform local issues as well as national priorities and the development of the action plan
  3. identified evidence-based best practice for aged care service delivery to Indigenous communities based on a comprehensive literature review

IUIH will conduct interviews with stakeholders throughout the country and manage an online survey.

To have your say via the survey go to: It is open until February 26.

For more information contact Project Lead Dr Cindy Shannon on 0409 875 750 or via email:

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