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Clinical care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples using aged care services

To inform the development of Standard 5 – Clinical Care (Standard 5) and associated implementation resources, the Commission sought a rapid review of peer-reviewed research and grey literature related to the experiences, priorities and clinical care needs of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

The review was conducted by a team from the University of New South Wales and NeuRA, with advice from community Elders and people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the aged care context.

This rapid review highlights the importance of culturally safe, responsive, and holistic approaches to ageing and aged care for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The five themes outlined the importance of preservation and expression of culture, cultural identity, and connection to family, community, and Country for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. However, this is not always reflected within mainstream aged care frameworks, policies and practices.

Based on the findings of their rapid review, the authors provide actionable recommendations for aged care services to provide high quality clinical care in a culturally safe and responsive environment for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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Publication year
2024
Resource type
Publication, report or update
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