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Aged care funding commitments for seniors from diverse backgrounds

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The Australian Labor Party has promised $100 million to expand access to culturally appropriate residential aged care for seniors from multicultural backgrounds if elected to government.

The Multicultural Aged Care Fund will provide funding towards new facilities and improvements at existing facilities that service ethnic communities throughout Australia, Labor outlined in its plan for multicultural Australia released on Wednesday.

The funding aims to ensure that seniors from culturally and diverse backgrounds (CALD) are in an environment where the language, food and surroundings are familiar to them, Labor said.

The announcement comes just days after George Akl called for policy change around access to communication, language and culture in the aged care system at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

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Source:
Natasha Egan, 2019, Australian Ageing Agenda (https://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/about/)

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