The Federal Government is seeking feedback from aged care stakeholders to inform early developmental work on the new framework for delivering care to older Australians with diverse needs.

Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has recently launched a new consultation paper and online survey to support the co-design of the the Aged Care Diversity Framework.

It follows a consultation last month which sought separate feedback on the ageing and aged care strategies for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) seniors, as reported by CCR.

The new framework will provide overarching guidance and assist aged care providers and enhance the sector’s capacity to better meet individual needs. It will include three action plans focusing on the particular needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, CALD and LGBTI communities, Minister Wyatt said.

“The framework and action plans are envisaged to be living documents and may be adjusted as the need arises over time,” Mr Wyatt said.

New action plans may also be created for people with a disability, those who live in rural, remote or very remote areas, are experiencing mental health problems or are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless, he said.

The survey closes on 19 June and is available through the department’s consultation hub.

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