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Diversity in Ageing Leadership Initiative

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Pictured: From left - Dr Catherine Barrett and Ms Pat Sparrow

Last month the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing hosted the second forum under the Diversity in Ageing Leadership Initiative.  Attracting 40 leaders representing aged care providers, peak organisations, government and the tertiary sector, the forum was chaired by Dr Catherine Barrett, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University and featured a presentation by Ms Pat Sparrow, Director of Aged Care Reform Engagement, COTA Australia.

The theme of the day was ‘Aged Care Reforms – Focus on Diversity’ and included a systematic review of how the recent industry reforms have addressed the issue of diversity throughout the reform process and discussion of the strategies being adopted to ensure the implementation of the reforms are equitable and inclusive for all.

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Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, on whose land this website was developed. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their ancestors and elders, both past and present and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We hope our work contributes to the wider project of respect and recognition between cultures in Australia. Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing receives project funding from the Australian Department of Health to administer the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program in Victoria.


Did you know?

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36% of people aged 65 years and over in Australia were born overseas
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1 in 3 people in aged care services were born overseas
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In 2016 the median age of Australian-born people was 34 years compared to 59 years for Europe-born people