The aged care radio broadcast program aims to help “isolated” elderly people.

A new national project which aims to harness the power of radio to help multicultural communities access information about aged care, is set to be launched. (Canberra, Australia)

The Speak My Language program will broadcast more than 1000 personal stories and on-air discussions to help elderly people and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds understand the latest changes to the Australian aged care system.

It comes after research by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW – the lead agency delivering the program – found 80 per cent of people who accessed its bilingual information booths were not aware of the provisions available for the elderly.

Ahead of the launch, Mr Wyatt said: “It will play a vital role in keeping multicultural communities up to date with the latest aged care information, in languages they understand and are comfortable with”.

“We all know that talking about aged care and navigating the aged care system can be daunting for some. Innovative, community based programs like this will undoubtedly make the journey easier for many of our valued citizens.”

The first series of community conversations will be broadcast in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Serbian, Macedonian, Hindi, Arabic and English.

 

 

Source: www.sbs.com.au

 

August 28, 2018