Completed for the Wheatbelt Development Commission (2014)
Verso was contracted to develop a principle based framework for Aboriginal aged care as an adjunct to the Wheatbelt Integrated Aged Care Solution, a project addressing aged care needs across the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia. It was intended that the framework would be used by service providers and Aboriginal communities to vision and design aged care services that are culturally appropriate and more accessible to the Wheatbelt’s Aboriginal population.
Consultations were undertaken nationwide, including site reviews of alternate approaches to supporting older persons e.g. Yarrabah QLD and a review of arrangements for Aboriginal older people in Portland – Dhauwurd Wurrung, Framlingham – Kirrae and Warrnambool – Gunditjmara (Gundij). Verso also undertook extensive consultations with Aboriginal, people, communities and organisations in the Wheatbelt WA.
The project also included a comprehensive needs study and document reviews that supported the development of an effective framework of aged care. The framework has now been adopted by the Wheatbelt Aboriginal communities in collaboration with Wheatbelt Aboriginal health services.
The Research report is available to read on the Wheatbelt Development Commission website http://www.wheatbelt.wa.gov.au/our-projects/aged-care/
Citations and References
Verso’s work in rural aged care and housing has been cited in the following research reports, academic documents and conference presentations:
- Aged and Community Services Australia (2015). Alternative models for delivering regional, rural and remote aged care services in remote communities: a history. Retrieved from www.agedcarevic.org.au/member…/alterative-models-for-rrr-communities.docx, accessed 2/8/16
- Aged Care (2014, September). Retrieved August 2, 2016, from http://www.wheatbelt.wa.gov.au/our-projects/aged-care/
- Aged Care Guide “$20 million to support WA’s regional aged care” August 2015, https://news.agedcareguide.com.au/2015/08/04/20-million-to-support-was-regional-aged-care/, accessed 2/8/16
- Western Australian Department of Regional Development. “Boost for regional aged care” (2015, September). In Your Region, Ed 16, p 7. Retrieved from http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/Publications/Documents/In_Your_Region_September_2015.pdf, accessed 2/8/16
- Faircloth D and Sullivan B. “Developing An Integrated Aged Care Solution In Regional Australia – Opportunities And Challenges Of A Rapidly Ageing Population”. 2014. Presentation at Australian Regional Development Conference, Albury
- Faircloth D. “Developing a sustainable model of rural and regional aged care services”. 2010. Presentation at Aged and Community Services Australia National Conference, Hobart
- Government of Western Australia “$20 million to support regional aged care” 31/7/2015, https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/07/$20-million-to-support-regional-aged-care-.aspx, accessed 2/8/16
- Great Southern Development Commission (2015). 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Great Southern Development Commission. Retrieved from http://www.gsdc.wa.gov.au/sites/www.gsdc.wa.gov.au/files/pdf/GSDC%20Annual%20Report%202014-2015.pdf, accessed 2/8/16