Joint Submission into Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Support Needs for Older Victorians from Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds

Together with The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), Seniors Rights Victoria and the Multicultural Centre for Women's Health (MCWH), Carers Victoria has submitted a response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Support Needs for Older Victorians from Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds. In light of a very broad Terms of Reference, the organisations collaborated to highlight significant issues around unrecognised care roles, elder abuse, barriers to digital services, disparities in access to health and aged care services, and lack of consistent data indicators around migration and ethnicity.

Our submission calls for better recognition and support of carers – both older carers and carers looking after older people, improving data quality, and addressing the disparities older Victorians from migrant and refugee backgrounds face in accessing health, dental care, aged care, and legal services relevant to elder abuse and family violence.