Thank you to all who attended the informal meeting last Thursday with the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister Jacinta Collins. The feedback verdict proclaims it was a grand success.
There were more than 85 people present, and they were from a range of aged and community care service providers including: generalist peak bodies; residential facilities; community services; HACC programs and specialist agencies.
There were also attendees from a wide range of ethno specific residential care facilities and HACC funded CALD agencies and CALD community groups: Arabic speaking; Bhutanese; Bosnian; Chinese; Croatian; Druse; Dutch; Filipino; German; Greek; Hungarian; Italian; Indian; Latvian; Maltese; Polish; Serbian; Slovenian; Spanish speaking; Vietnamese…
The topics covered included:
- New aged care funding for new/emerging CALD communities;
- Election has slowed down the Aged Care Reforms implementation;
- ACAR to happen in the future;
- Media coverage and the lens provided on aged care services is distorted;
- Support for small RACF needed;
- Funding for aged and community care services in general;
- Website accessibility;
- The Gateway…future directions?;
- Interpreting and Translating within Home Care Packages; and
- CALD Workforce issues.
Thank you to all who were able to attend. There was sector knowledge, interest, engagement, energy and commitment on display; CALD perspectives raised; and the specific and special needs of the aged and community care sector in South Australia highlighted and personally presented to Minister Collins.