The Australian Government will provide $15.6 million to fund 77 projects that will help older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to access aged care services.

The funding is part of the Community Partners Program (CPP) which connects older people from non-English speaking backgrounds with aged care information and service providers.

Projects funded through the program offer training projects, information sessions and resources for aged care providers.

The announcement was made by Ageing Minister, Justine Elliot and Member for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten at the Mekong Senior Citizen’s Hostel in Melbourne.

Ageing Minister, Justine Elliot said the program is an important social investment.

“Older people born overseas or from culturally diverse backgrounds may have more difficulty finding out about their aged care options, due to language and cultural barriers,” she said.

“Providing information about culturally appropriate care is essential in improving access to care and ensuring their healthy and positive ageing.”

Mr Shorten added that it was important to ensure that all older Australians have access to information on culturally appropriate aged care services.

“We are a diverse society and we are committed to making sure we provide the right services at the right time regardless of a person’s background,” he said.

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