Free online session on care for Forgotten Australians

Helping Hand is inviting aged care, health and allied health professionals to a free webinar to learn more about supporting Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers.

South Australian aged care provider Helping Hand is inviting aged care, health and allied health professionals to attend a free webinar to learn more about Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers.

The 2 November webinar will also cover what trauma-informed care might look like and the current resources available to support service providers.

Samantha Giorgatzis

“This is an opportunity for leaders in the sector to work towards better outcomes for those most vulnerable in our communities,” Helping Hand acting chief executive officer Samantha Giorgatzis told Australian Ageing Agenda.

“This webinar will provide insight into the need for aged care organisations to deliver trauma-informed care and highlight freely available resources which will assist them to do that.”

Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers refer to the 500,000 children who were placed into institutional and out-of-home care in Australia in the last century. Of this group, 7,000 were former child migrants, 50,000 were indigenous children from the Stolen Generations and over 440,000 were non-indigenous children.

Their experiences as children in care were often traumatic and the idea of requiring care as they age can be deeply retraumatising. They are recognised as a special needs group under the Aged Care Act 1997.

As previously reported, Helping Hand Aged Care has been developing resources and training relating to the care of Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers and co-designed by people with lived experience as part of the Real Care the Second Time Around (RCSTA) project

The free resources and training aim to support aged care providers to provide trauma-aware services and give Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers information on what they can ask about and expect in aged care.

About the webinar

The webinar targets leaders, educators, quality managers, and senior clinicians in aged care seeking further insight into the delivery of trauma-aware services.

Participants will hear from an Aged Care Finder who specialises in supporting Forgotten Australians and Care leavers, officers from the Department of Health and Aged Care and Helping Hand team members working on embedding the resources.

The one-hour webinar takes place on 2 November 2023 from 10.30am AEST (11am ACDT and 11.30am AEDT). Register for the webinar here

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