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‘Who’s missing? Diversity and inclusion in aged care’: OPAN webinar

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On Tuesday, June 7 an outstanding panel is set to discuss the importance of embedding diversity in aged care services.

People from diverse and marginalised backgrounds represent more than 50 per cent of those accessing aged care services.

Therefore, diversity and inclusion should be at the centre of the aged care system, ensuring services are accessible to, and considerate of people from different cultural or social backgrounds and individual experiences.

Aged care services should respect and affirm the identity, experience, preference and choice of each older person.

A live Q & A will follow the panel discussion.

Hosted by respected journalist Julie McCrossin, special guest Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson, will also launch OPAN’s Diversity Education Program.

The webinar will cover:

  • the importance of diversity and inclusivity being embedded in aged care services;
  • examples of service providers doing diversity and inclusion well;
  • diversity recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety;
  • Aged Care Diversity Framework;
  • insights from older people.

An expert panel will discuss diversity and inclusion, with a Q&A scheduled following the pane discussion.

The panel includes:

  • Samantha Edmonds, Manager Policy and Systemic Advocacy, OPAN
  • Hanna Goorden, Senior Project Officer – Diversity Education, OPAN
  • Robyn Lierton, Community Engagement and Diversity Manager, ECH
  • Isolde Kauffman, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Section, Department of Health

Other speakers featured include:

  • Mona Orszulak, member of OPAN’s National Older Persons Reference Group
  • Rhonda Smith, Aboriginal Sector Support & Development Officer, Booroongen Djugun, Aged Care Facility, Kempsey, NSW
  • Rob Hardy, Director Training and Capacity Building, LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Date: Tuesday, June 7

Time: 11.30am-12.30pm AEST

To register for this online webinar, click here.

Note: If you register but can’t make it on the day, fear not, OPAN will send you a replay link.

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