Victorian aged care provider Benetas has announced Nikolaus Rittinghausen as the new manager of the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing.

The centre is funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care under the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care program and supported by Benetas.

Mr Rittinghausen has wide experience in multicultural affairs across a variety of sectors, particularly advocating on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

While at the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, he developed a strong understanding of policy, community engagement and project development.

Before being appointed manager, Mr Rittinghausen was senior advisor and project officer at the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing. He replaces Lisa Tribuzio who will remain at the centre as a diversity and inclusion consultant.

“Lisa Tribuzio created a strong team at the centre, and we’re delighted to see Nikolaus step up and continue their wonderful work,” said Benetas CEO Sandra Hills.

As well as his management role, Mr Rittinghausen will represent the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care Alliance on the Diversity Consultative Committee of the Department of Health and Aged Care.

Mr Rittinghausen said he was excited to “provide leadership in culturally inclusive policy and practices for the aged services sector and continue supporting aged care providers on their inclusive care journey.”

Main image: Nikolaus Rittinghausen

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