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Community and Institutional Care for Aged Migrants in Australia

Author: Kendig, H.
Year: 1986
Type: Book Section


This chapter presents a summary of the wide-ranging needs and supports of older migrants in the Australian community. Irrespective of birthplace or ethnicity, the vast majority of older people are independent and contributing members of Australian society. The sterotyped view of older migrants as dependent on younger family gives way to a more realistic assessment of the two-way interdependency between generations. A substantial minority of the ethnic aged are unable to manage independently in the community. Whilst some have physical disabilities associated with ageing, many more are rendered vulnerable by language difficulties, unfamiliarity with Australian culture and limited economic resources combining to place a small group of aged migrants in a position of severe hardship. The findings suggest also that a narrow, physical based definition of need for services does not apply very well to migrants whose difficulties are primarily cultural or economic in origin. Public policy has failed to adequately meet the needs of the ethnic aged in the community. The basic problems lie in the inadequacy of funding, the limited range of services, and the lack of cultural sensitivity and diversity in the delivery of services.

Further Details

Pages 16-51
Publish Location Melbourne
Publisher The Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs
Accession Number December, 2010
Keywords Australia, older, funding

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