Achieving better aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Brisbane North PHN was recently invited to participate in a policy roundtable in Canberra on the use of data to drive better aged care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Brisbane North PHN Executive Manager | Aged and Community Care Michele Smith (pictured – front, centre) provided a PHN perspective to the event, which brought together policy makers, aged care practitioners, researchers and other experts in aged care and data, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Opened by the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, the June event explored key questions around the importance of good data collection and use, and how to overcome barriers to improving access to and outcomes from aged care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The roundtable also provided a vehicle to launch a report which includes a range of proposals for improving equity of access and outcomes in aged care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The report, Assuring equity of access and quality outcomes for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: What needs to be done, was developed by the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) through its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing Advisory Group (ATSIAAG) and officially launched by Federal Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt at the roundtable event.