Aged Homelessness Action Plan
The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has commissioned a Homelessness Action Plan be developed to ensure older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness do not have any barriers to receiving a high-quality aged care service.
The Homelessness Action Plan is a part of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Diversity Framework which was published late last year. The Framework was produced by a sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee following community consultation.
Three separate action plans were identified originally which targeted the barriers and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex seniors.
The Homelessness Action Plan was added after feedback was received from the sector to consider the needs for older homeless Australians. The Framework was designed to allow for further action plans to be considered as the need arises.
The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee is responsible for development of the Homelessness Action Plan. Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) is working with a Reference Group and the Diversity sub-group to develop the Homelessness Action Plan.
HAGG is seeking feedback via two surveys. One for professionals, providers and services who work with older people, even those that are not specialised in providing services to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. And one for people who have experienced homelessness or insecure housing and have tried to get into aged care.
Chief Executive Officer of Shelter WA, Ms Michelle Mackenzie encourages older people who have experienced or who are risk of homelessness to participate in the survey, along with service providers, so that the survey is informed by a Western Australian perspective.
“This Action Plan and the overall Framework is an important step forward for the future for aged care services in terms of inclusivity,” Ms Mackenzie said.
The survey closes on Friday, 8 February.”
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