Multicultural Aged Care in Regional Victoria

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria logoThe ability to access care is essential for the health and wellbeing of culturally diverse older people living in regional Victoria. The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria believes that further research is needed to assess service gaps to culturally diverse seniors in regional Victoria. A number of gaps and barriers to equitable aged care for culturally diverse older people in regional Victoria are simply unaddressed. This report summary identifies key areas and recommendations for improvements to Aged Care for Culturally Diverse residents in regional Victoria.

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Know Your Roots

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The Know Your Roots model and program has been identified as a tool that elicits belonging and participation, a stronger sense of worth, resilience in the acceptance-rejection parameters of legitimacy, an abiding sense of social justice and equity in the Social Cohesion through Education Program. It is an element of the Social Cohesion through Education Pilot Project.

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Self Advocacy and Diversity – A model for CALD inclusion

About 50 people came together through the week of October 10, 2018, to learn about self-advocacy. A self-advocacy feast was held for local people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. This led to the creation of a resource document, Self Advocacy and Diversity – A model for CALD inclusion.

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Strategic Partnerships – Participation

Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District undertakes a wide range of activities engaging in community strengthening for new arrivals, and building social cohesion – enabling settlement communities to build strong connections and participate in community activities. This is enabled by the Capacity Building and Participation Program is administered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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Regional Strategic Partnership Program

The Goulburn Regional Partnership is one of nine Partnerships across the state, established by the Victorian Government, recognising that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

Shepparton, the largest city in the region, is the primary location for health, cultural and higher education services. It, along with other towns including Yarrawonga, Euroa and Seymour, is culturally diverse and has a strong Indigenous population.

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Safer and Stronger Communities Pilot

This Pilot aims to build an evidence base for future investment and aligns with the Victorian Government’s Prevention Strategy which commits to developing new approaches for migrant and refugee communities so that we can better understand what works to prevent violence in culturally diverse communities.

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Social Cohesion

Pillars of Social Cohesion
Social cohesion is a term used to understand how to go about building community strengthening and community empowerment. We could ask, “What the foundations for mutual respect are in our society? Where do we find a common sense of belonging? How do we build confidence in our whole community? These – and other issues – are found in the building blocks of social cohesion.

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