Ethnic Australians Deserve To Receive Quality Care And Remain At Home

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Aged & Community Services Australia 

2nd National Community Care Conference Sydney 

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Wednesday 14-Friday 16 May, 2008

Community Care Conference plans to provide  ethnic Australians what they

want - to remain and receive quality care at home

More funding and staffing, simpler and more streamlined culturally appropriate care, are needed to enable

the rapidly growing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older people and those with

disabilities - and their families and carers- to remain at home, according to Greg Mundy, CEO of Aged and

Community Services Australia (ACSA) which is holding the second national community care conference in

Sydney, from 14-16 May.

“Community care is the backbone of Australia’s system of care for older people, with up to one million

people each year receiving assistance which helps them to remain living in their own homes and

communities. Many more would prefer this option or would like more care than is currently available or

affordable, Greg Mundy said.

“Being cared for at home by someone who can communicate with them and understands their CALD

interests is the clearly expressed preference of the vast majority of older people. With more resources,

community care could do much more to improve their independence and well-being.” 

“Discussing and learning about ways of making our community care services even better at the conference is

a ‘must do’ task given our ageing population and the preferences of older people for care at home. One

option under discussion will be paying those needing care directly and allowing them to choose and arrange

their own home care “

He urged the new Federal Government to get on with completing and implementing the long community

care reform process, which has now been underway for two years. 

“Federal and State and Territory Governments also need to substantially boost resources, including for

specific CALD services and improve linkages between aged care, health, mental health and disability


“There are shortfalls in service provision  and CALD usage of community services throughout Australia,.

These shortfalls will only get worse with the ageing of Australia's population and that of the CALD

population who are ageing at a proportionately faster rate than Australian born.” 

The critical role of unpaid carers must also be assisted in community care development policy.”

The conference will hear how Australia rates internationally in its community care services, and what

innovative services are currently provided around Australia to CALD clients from both mainstream and

ethno-specific services.

CONTACT:   Greg Mundy for further comment 0416 203 065 :Megan Stoyles for other interviews, speaker

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