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Program supporting Culturally and Linguistically Diverse seniors sees extension

Important discussions regarding national priorities and objectives of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) support for the next 12 months has started, following the recent government announcement to continue the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program for a further 12 months.

Some great news for CALD seniors has been announced (Source: Shutterstock)
Some great news for CALD seniors has been announced (Source: Shutterstock)

Following the announcement, the PICAC Alliance members met in Sydney from 29-30 May during the CALDWays 2018 Conference: the Multicultural Workforce, to discuss these priorities and objectives.

PICAC Alliance Secretariat Rosa Colanero says each state has their own focus and priority, and also took the opportunity to thank Minister Wyatt for supporting the PICAC program provide information, resources and training in the aged and community care sector across Australia for another year.

“By drawing on the collective experiences of the organisations currently delivering the PICAC programs in each state and territory, and our close links with CALD community groups, we have continued to make significant and targeted impact on inclusive service delivery, aged care policy and informed better practice for older people from CALD backgrounds,” she explains.

Minister Wyatt highlighted that supporting CALD communities is very important, particularly when it comes to aged care and commends the PICAC program for its role.

He adds that the PICAC program has been in operation since 1997 and has achieved “real change” in that time.

“I’m extremely pleased to be extending $2.14 million in funding for this important service for the next year, which supports aged care providers to meet the needs of older people from CALD backgrounds,” he explains.

“I want everyone - no matter their background, life experience, or where they live - to have aged care services which meet their needs and expectations and the PICAC program is a key way to achieve this goal.”

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