Australia: Aged care support kit developed for Muslims

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Sydney Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi, center, and his family members pray at a makeshift memorial after a siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Tearful Australians laid mounds of flowers at the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe. The siege ended early Tuesday with a barrage of gunfire that left two hostages and the Iranian-born gunman dead, and a nation that has long prided itself on its peace rocked to its core. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

A new resource kit has been developed to support aged care services deliver culturally appropriate care to older Muslim Australians

SA aged care provider ACH Group developed the resources as part of a two-year federally-funded CALD partnership project.

The resources include fact sheets, a framework for engagement, planning guide for service providers and guide for support workers.

The ACH Group has worked closely with South Australia’s Muslim communities including the Islamic Society of SA and the Islamic Arabic Centre to inform the development of the aged care resources.

“This project sought to build connections and the confidence of older Muslims and their families to consider the option of aged care support,” said ACH Group CEO Ray Creen.

“This is not usual practice for most older Muslims who have traditionally relied on family supports.”

The resources were launched by the Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt on 28 September.

“We live in the most successful multicultural nation on the planet, and an important aspect of maintaining this success is providing well-rounded support to all people in old age,” said Mr Wyatt.

“Staying connected to your heritage, and being cared for by someone who understands your background, can make all the difference to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.”

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  1. You have to be kidding me HOW ABOUT OLDER AUSTRALIANS GETTING THE SAME HELP AS THESE FREELOADER MOOOSLIM ARSEHOLES
    LOOK AFTER OUR OWN FIRST AND STOP YOUR BLOODY PANDERING TO THESE PEOPLE WHO GIVE NOTHING BUT TAKE ALL THAT THEY CAN

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