CALDWays For Multicultural Communities

The Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (MCCI) and partners are taking their show on the road, with a series of information sessions across NSW and ACT to support people from culturally and linguistically (CALD) diverse communities in understanding the Australian Aged Care System.

“Many older people, their carers and families, say that they find the Aged Care System confusing and overwhelming, and would like to receive more information about the types of services that are available and how to access these services”, says Cecilia Milani, Manager of Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) NSW & ACT which is auspiced by MCCI.

‘CALDWays for Multicultural Communities Regional Roadshow’ follows on from PICAC’s highly successful CALDWays Conferences which over the past seven years have supported the aged care industry to implement culturally appropriate services. By concentrating on communities rather than the industry, MCCI is responding to the ongoing aged care reform of consumer directed care (CDC) which is based on more flexibility and choice for individuals.

“With increased consumer choice we need to ensure that communities understand their rights and know what support is available so that they can make informed choices”, Ms Milani says.

The CALDWays Roadshow will start on 16 October with the first session to be held at the Shellharbour Club in the Illawarra. There will be information stalls and workshops run by experts in the field for a day in each location. Topics include planning ahead, elder abuse, dementia, mental health, My Aged Care, Centrelink and financial counselling.

After Illawarra, CALDWays will move on to other locations, including Queanbeyan and Wagga Wagga, the ACT and the Hunter Region.

“We are excited to reach out to multicultural communities also in rural areas where information is much needed. An overview of their needs and interests will hopefully also contribute to ensuring that our rapidly ageing population receive high quality and culturally appropriate care”, Ms Milani says.