For an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, moving into an aged care residential facility can be particularly daunting or distressing, as it may threaten their concept of connection with the land and family. The transition can also raise fears around cultural acceptance for older people, or for those who were displaced from their families as children.
ACC is proud to present a new course Caring for Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People on 22nd November, 2017.
Produced in collaboration with the Department of Health, this course will be made available for everyone to view.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a rich, complex and diverse culture. Central to this culture is a special connection to the land and a commitment to family and community.
Throughout the production of this course, ACC had the pleasure of working with subject matter expert Mark Elliott, a Ngarrindjeri elder and Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group. He has provided some tips for carers to help Aboriginal Australians feel more culturally supported. The article can be accessed here.
The concept of health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is much more than physical. Health is considered a much broader term and incorporates social, emotional, cultural and spiritual well-being of not just the individual but the community as a whole.
The Department of Health provides access to a range of strategies aimed at addressing the disparity between the health and wellbeing outcomes of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of the population of Australia. Strategies can be found by following this link.
ACC acknowledges the generous support of residents and staff from Yaandina Aged Care in Roebourne, W.A. and Elders Village in Davoren Park, S.A. who have shared their stories and experiences with us.
Register here to view the course Caring for Indigenous Australians: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People on 22nd November, 2017.