Older Persons Health

Networks

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Groups (NATSIDAG) vision is to improving equity and access to culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with dementia, their carers and families, and community using a wellness approach to successful ageing.

Link: NATSIDAG

Publications

Ageing, Cognition and Dementia in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - A Life Cycle Approach, June 2010

This Report is a review of the literature to date on dementia in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The literature review was conducted in light of data showing evidence of demographic changes in the Indigenous population toward population ageing, with additional exposures to multiple risk factors across the life span for cognitive decline and dementia.

AIHW Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, May 2011

This report describes the age and geographic distribution of the older Indigenous population, its particular requirements in terms of aged care and support, and the pattern of usage of these services.

Influenza Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Persons Brochure: Get the flu shot before it gets you! (2013)

This brochure promotes the benefits of influenza vaccination to Indigenous Australians. It describes influenza and its consequences and includes guidelines on who should receive the vaccination, and when and where to be vaccinated.

The brochure was produced as a part of the Immunise Australia program which is a joint initiative of the federal, state and territory governments.

Look after your brain: a guide to dementia for Aboriginal people, 2012

This booklet has been produced for Aboriginal people who have dementia, or who have family members with dementia. It provides information to help those touched by dementia to appropriately manage the illness. The contents covered in the booklet includes:

  • what is dementia;
  • what are the signs of dementia;
  • what are the causes of dementia;
  • how to reduce chances of getting dementia;
  • caring for someone living with dementia; and
  • seeking help.

The booklet includes photographs, artwork, and wording that is culturally appropriate for the target audience.

Resources

My Aged Care

The Australian Government provides aged care services for all members of the community and, depending on your circumstances. If you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person, there are a number of government-funded aged care services available for you.

Link: My Aged Care

Older Age Health Assessment

There are four services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule for older age health assessments: two for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and two for other Australians aged 75 years and over.

Stolen Generations

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation (Healing Foundation) support organisations around Australia to develop and strengthen healing programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our funding for healing projects is assisting individuals, families and communities to restore wellbeing and build pathways to healing.

The Healing Foundation recognise that their Stolen Generations members have specific healing needs and we are working with them through our Stolen Generations reference group to provide funding for healing services tailored for them.

Link: Healing Foundation - Stolen Generations Resources

Services

ACT

Carers Recognition Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged.

Link: Burrunju Aboriginal Corporation

Ngunnawal Community Care

Specialises in brokering home and community care services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Queanbeyan, Yass, Bungendore and Braidwood. Clients must be disabled and aged 45 years. Phone 6226 3799.

National

Carers Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. Organisations such as Carers Australia may be able to provide appropriate supports to carers. They have a range of programs such as counselling and support groups; respite and education

Link: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Carers

Link: Carers ACT