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On 23 November 2016, the now Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt met with representatives of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and the National LGBTI Health Alliance (Alliance).
At the meeting the Minister gave his support for the development and implementation of a Diversity Framework that will address the high level principles and common issues that affect diverse groups, with the creation of specialist action plans for each of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities. The development of a Diversity Framework has received multi-party political support. The Minister will meet with representatives quarterly to progress the framework.
On 21 December 2016, representatives held their first meeting with the Department of Health to do initial planning around the co-design process for the framework and action plans. It is hoped that the framework will be ready for implementation by late-2017.
Image: Diversity in ageing at Parliament House
(l-r) Mary Patetsos - Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) Healthy Ageing Chair;
James Beckford Saunders - AAG CEO;
Sam Edmonds - National LGBTI Health Alliance - Manager Ageing and Aged Care Projects;
Noeleen Tunny - Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) Policy Officer;
Matthew Moore - National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Deputy Chair;
Dr Helen Barrie (AAG President),
Rebecca Reynolds - Executive Director - LGBTI Health Alliance and
Dini Liyanarachchi - Policy Officer - FECCA