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The Meaning of Choice and Control in Multicultural Reality Pino Migliorino Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) The 2012.

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1 The Meaning of Choice and Control in Multicultural Reality Pino Migliorino Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) The 2012 National Aged Care Conference, Living Longer. Living Better 6 August 2012

2 Key Figures: Older persons from CALD backgrounds = 23% Australians aged This will rise to 30% by 2021 Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA) Image courtesy of Diversicare (http://www.agedcareguide.com.au/product-service- details.asp?facilityid=37356)

3 A number of ethnic communities are ageing faster than the general population Proportion of selected ethnic communities aged 55+: Dutch– 59% Malta – 50% German – 50% Italian – 50% In real terms (2006) , 000 Italians aged , 000 Greeks 77, 000 Chinese-speakers...each with distinct needs for culturally appropriate aged care services Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

4 These numbers wont remain stagnant More recent immigrant communities from China, Vietnam, India, the Philippines and others will experience significant demographic change over the next decade...which means the reforms we implement now must be far-sighted and flexible enough to adapt to future needs. Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

5 FECCAs three-year CALD Aged Care Project: 1.A National CALD Ageing Network (NCAN) 2.A consultative and research model for CALD ageing 3.A CALD Dementia project 4.A CALD Carer project and FECCA will assist the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to develop a National CALD Aged Care Strategy to ensure that Living Longer. Living Better, and all future aged care policy, is culturally and linguistically inclusive. Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

6 New and inspiring paradigms of the roles of ageing in our society... - National Aged Care Alliance, Leading the Way: Our Vision for Support and Care of Older Australians (2009) Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA) The appropriate measure of adequacy is to assess whether people are having their needs optimally met – whether they have access to the services of their choice at the time it is needed. - COTA Image courtesy of Diversicare (http://www.agedcareguide.com.au/product-service- details.asp?facilityid=37356)

7 Choice and control means Knowledge Understanding the system Information available through multiple access points Information available in all community languages = informed participation in the aged care system Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

8 Choice and control means Options A system that supports diverse care preferences There is no single best-practice model A system that recognises the importance of informal carers Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA) Having the option of purchasing care from neighbours, friends or family may mean access to care which is provided by a person who understands their culture, language and community. - Glenn Rees, CEO, Alzheimers Australia

9 Pino Migliorino - Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communties' Councils of Australia (FECCA) Thank you FECCA National Secretariat Unit 1 No. 4 Phipps Close DEAKIN ACT 2605 PO Box 344 CURTIN ACT 2600 Ph: (02)


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