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Aged care has failed Aboriginal people. Here’s what Elders say.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recognised the aged care system has failed to provide culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as they age. It recommended major reforms, including active partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Published: 16 September 2023
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  • 16 September 2023
  • The Conversation

An article on The Conversation's news site reports that the Australian government has also committed more funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care services, with a focus on boosting the role of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

So what do older Aboriginal people need to age well? And how can aged care funding and systems enable that?

This was at the centre of a study, led by the Dharriwaa Elders Group in its long-term partnership with UNSW, known as Yuwaya Ngarra-li.

The study involved speaking with 22 Elders in the remote New South Wales town of Walgett about what ageing well means to them.

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