The nationwide Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) Alliance are excited to have another year to be able to support ongoing improvements to culturally appropriate aged care.
With government commitment to seeing diversity embedded in the delivery of aged care services, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, has recently confirmed the extension of the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program for a further 12 months.
“We are pleased to acknowledge that the government continues to recognise, value and invest in much needed programs which support and develop strategies for appropriate care for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds”, says Cecilia Milani, PICAC Alliance Media spokesperson.
“We find that many older people from CALD backgrounds are confused by the aged care system and in great need of information and resources that they can relate to and understand to make informed choices about what services they are eligible for and can access. We will continue to inform CALD communities and advise and support the industry by providing training, information and resources to improve cultural awareness”, says Ms Milani.
The PICAC program is a national government initiative across all states and territories which provides information, resources and training in the aged and community care sector in Australia.
The PICAC Alliance members meet regularly to discuss national priorities and objectives to further support the sector with ongoing aged care reforms and CALD initiatives, with the last meeting held in the ACT on 6th March 2019.
PICAC Alliance member organisations include the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing (VIC), Council on the Ageing Inc. (NT), Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland Ltd – trading as Diversicare (QLD), CVI Fortis Consulting (WA), Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (TAS), Multicultural Aged Care Inc (SA) and Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra Inc. (NSW & ACT).