Ljubica Petrov has worked in the aged care sector for over 20 years and has guided inclusive policies and initiatives across Australia. She manages the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing. Her recent work includes the National Quality Indicators working group and training focusing on diversity with the Quality Agency.
Ljubica will be co- presenting with Dr Catherine Joyce on Time for a new response to cultural and linguistic diversity
Niche aged care providers specialising in services for a specific ethnic or language group can no longer be seen as a sufficient response to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. More than 30,000 people living in aged care facilities across Australia – almost one in five residents – were born in non-English speaking countries. As this number grows, so does the geographic spread. For example, in Melbourne 90% of residential facilities have at least one resident who prefers to speak a language other than English. At the same time, there are only 3 facilities where all the residents speak the same language other than English. Current and future aged care policies and reforms need to acknowledge and respond to the changing rules of the game. Sector-wide responses to inclusive practice, particularly in relation to language services and staff development, has to be a priority.
Tuesday concurrent C3: Bringing a new focus 12:00-12:30