The Morrison Government will provide $300,000 for development of a new learning framework to help nurses working with senior Australians from many cultures.
The framework will be particularly relevant to nurses working in aged care or providing health care to the significant and growing proportion of senior people in Australia who come from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Our health system, including the aged care system, must be able and ready to respond to the needs of every person in our increasingly diverse society.
In 1981, 25 per cent of people aged 65 and over were born overseas. By 2011 this had grown to 36 per cent, with 61 per cent of these senior people born in non-English speaking countries.