ACH Group has welcomed the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) action plan announced by Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt in Adelaide today.
Speaking at the launch, ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said ACH Group had been supporting older South Australians from culturally and spiritually diverse communities for over 65 years.
“At ACH Group, we celebrate diversity and acknowledge and respect cultural backgrounds, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices.”
Mr Weits said for the past five years, ACH Group had enjoyed a successful relationship with the Muslim community.
“Over this time, our partnership has helped us to build an understanding of the Muslim community and assisted in respectful and meaningful interactions with older members of that community.
“This partnership is part of our commitment to ensure access to high quality, culturally appropriate aged care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
“We look forward to continuing to partner with CALD communities throughout South Australia and continuing to realise the Federal Government’s commitment to deliver more inclusive and culturally appropriate aged care services.”
As part of its Muslim partnership, ACH Group has developed an online Diversity Training Module, compiled three Muslim Aged Care handbooks, produced three educational videos and trained more than 700 staff.
Other CALD initiatives supported by ACH Group include the Cambodian Community Program, founded in 2008, and the Free to Be Project, an award-winning LGBTI awareness training initiative launched in 2012.
The action plan is part of the Aged Care Diversity Framework and is one of three action plans with a focus on CALD, LGBTI and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Find out more about ACH Group’s Cultural Programs here: https://achgroup.org.au/discover-and-explore/cultural-programs/