Care Leavers in Aged Care: Reminder

ACC tells the story of Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations in updated program Care Leavers in Aged Care, released 13th February 2018. 

Ron-Arthur.jpgACC is proud to present the updated program Care Leavers in Aged Care, produced in collaboration with the Department of Health. Anyone can register to view this program, which will be available on demand from 13th February, 2018.

Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations are collectively known as Care Leavers. Entering residential aged care can present unique challenges for people who have experienced institutionalised care as children. 

The program Care Leavers in Aged Care would not have been possible, without the participation of key interviewees Elizabeth and Ronald Arthur, both Care Leavers themselves. “We were fortunate to work with Elizabeth and Ron on this program, who were very generous about sharing their personal stories with us”, says Steve Iliffe, Group Manager Content and Production at ACC. 

Ron and Elizabeth are just two of well over 500,000 Care Leavers, many of whom suffered emotional, physical, and sexual abuse while in institutional care as children. “I was left on a doorstep at a church in Manly”, Ron says in the program, adding “I was handed over to the child welfare, to a babies home...I don’t know which home it was.” Ron was then sent to Royleston Boys Home at Glebe, which in his words “was like a prison.” 

Ron and Elizabeth are both in their early 80s and are reluctant to enter residential aged care, owing to their experiences in institutionalised care as children. Although officially state wards until the age of 21, most Care Leavers were ejected from care at about 15 or 16, with little or no post-care support. “People wouldn’t believe us….It’s as though we were thrown on the scrap heap when we were kids. We feel as if we’re still on that scrap heap and we’re trying to get off that scrap heap”, says Elizabeth in the program. 

Elizabeth’s sister Peg was also in institutionalised care as a child, she explains in the program, “I don’t know who took us to the orphanage….I was in an orphanage for 14 years.” Peg is now living in residential aged care and understands the need for more information for care staff, when it comes to providing sensitive and appropriate care for Care Leavers. “Sometimes I don’t think they understand….me” says Peg in the program, adding “I just don’t think they understand the feeling I have, ‘cause it’s not a really good feeling.” 

To find out more about caring for Care Leavers, please join ACC on 13th February 2018 to view the program Care Leavers in Aged Care. Register here for the video, released on 13th February 2018.

Care Leavers in Aged Care