Taking Care of Cultural and Spiritual Wellness

Aboriginal couple side by side

Paul’s story starts here 

It demonstrates the need to listen, to be supportive and patient and that it may take some time to get to the real issues and real goals. It also illustrates how being an active participant of services, rather than a recipient of services, is an important part of being physically, emotionally and spiritually well.

Ref: Loddon Mallee & Hume Regional Network.

Inspiring a future of connection, participation, and purpose 

Key Points for Paul

Aboriginal artwork by Paul Chapman
It’s about allowing the individual to bring their own story out

Artwork by Paul Chapman – Wakka Wakka Tribe , Wakka Wakka Nation

Indigenous Australians

There are over 100,000 older people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities’ in Australia.

WHO defines healthy ageing as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” Functional ability is about having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value. This includes a person’s ability to: 

Research has shown that the sooner someone stops performing tasks for themselves, the faster they tend to lose their functional ability. The aim is to assist people to perform these daily tasks independently for as long as possible, so they maintain the ability to maximise independence and autonomy.  Retaining physical ability helps people to continue doing the things they enjoy for longer.   

Due to poorer health status and higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders often have health care and support needs that differ from those of other older Australians. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders have a life expectancy that is approximately 10 years less than the general population and experience dementia at rates between 3-5 times higher than the general population. 

Aged Care Diversity Framework 

This framework was launched in December 2017. It sets out the actions we can take to make sure aged care services meet the needs of people from diverse backgrounds. It sees a role for the Australian Government, peak organisations, representative groups, service providers, consumers, and carers. 

Download a copy of the diversity framework.