Providers pledge support for culturally appropriate services

A memorandum of understanding underscores a commitment to create an environment of respect.

Not-for-profit Western Australian aged care provider Juniper has joined with other operators to formally commit to improving culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal clients.

Juniper – alongside providers MercyCare, Bethanie and Hall & Prior – has signed a memorandum of understanding with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation and Stolen Generations advocacy organisation Yokai to promote reconciliation and provide strengthened support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Russell Bricknell and Jim Morrison

“By prioritising cultural safety, we can ensure that our services are responsive, inclusive, and respectful of the diverse cultural backgrounds of our employees and the older people we support,” said Juniper CEO Russell Bricknell. “We stand united in our dedication with MercyCare, Bethanie, and Hall & Prior,” he added.

Jim Morrison, chief executive officer at Yokai – an initiative created to deliver better outcomes for the Aboriginal community and Stolen Generations survivors in WA – said: “It’s encouraging to see aged care organisations committing to understanding that caring for older Aboriginal people, especially Stolen Generations survivors, should focus not only on their clinical needs but also their cultural needs, such as their connection to country and lived experience.”

Tony Hansen

Tony Hansen – co-chair of Bringing Them Home WA, which exists to work for recognition and justice for the Stolen Generations and their families – commended the four providers for working with Yokai to ensure that Aboriginal older people receive safe and appropriate care. “As a younger Stolen Generations survivor, I look forward to working with them to fulfil these commitments,” he said.

A signing ceremony was held on 21 June. Mr Bricknell – who hosted the event – said Juniper recognised the importance of acknowledging and addressing the historical and ongoing justices faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “Our commitment is deeply rooted in our values of respect, compassion, and courage.”

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