Indigenous Aged Care Conference

Culturally sensitive approaches to providing aged care services for the Indigenous community.

We recently hosted our first Indigenous Aged Care Conference in Campbelltown and what a fantastic day it was. Our facilitator for the day was Paul Sinclair from Mirri Mirri and if you’ve never experienced his facilitation style before, you really need to. He’s not only skillful, but energetic, engaging, and unique. We highly recommend him.

Our speakers included Jeffrey Morgan from The Lifestyle Program who spoke about diet and lifestyle choices to protect ourselves as much as possible from aged related and culturally specific health issues, and a panel of Aboriginal Elders shared their experiences of the My Aged Care system.

Following a scrumptious Rydges lunch, we heard from Laurie Caton from Australian Unity who spoke about how to genuinely engage with the Aboriginal community and encourage them to your service; as well as Dr Genevieve Steiner from Western Sydney University who spoke about Dementia and her experience of a family member with Dementia.

Dr Louise Lavrencic from Neuroscience Research Australia also spoke about Dementia and some of their projects which are discovering exactly where, when and who is being affected by Dementia the most. Paul Sinclair closed the day with a summary, key points for moving forward, and prize draws.

All feedback on the day, and since then, has been overwhelmingly positive. It provided the local community with an opportunity to learn and be inspired to change their own workplaces. It also enabled service providers to network with each other as well as community members who know first-hand what it’s like to navigate the system. It was an enormous success and we’re very proud.

Take a look at the montage here.

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