$15 million to care for culturally and linguistically diverse older Australians

Campaign Media Release


Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship

Minister for Home Affairs, Minister for Justice

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing


The Rudd Government today committed $15 million towards new aged care services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older Australians in Western Sydney.

This investment to will provide more services and better access for Western Sydney’s older Australians, with fund allocated for two priority aged care facilities in the area.

The Government will provide $10 million to the Lebanese Muslim Association’s Australian Multicultural Aged Nursing Home, to be located close to the Lakemba Mosque.

This new 80 to 100 bed facility will provide culturally appropriate care for older Australians.

The Government will also provide $5 million for Maronite Eparchy of Australia for the Our Lady of Lebanon Aged Care Hostel in Harris Park and to establish Saint Charbel’s Maronite Care Centre, which will provide 80 residential aged care places at a new facility in Punchbowl.

The Labor Government is committed to helping Western Sydney’s Lebanese Muslim and Maronite organisations build new aged care facilities and provide support for the local community.

This builds on our commitment of over $3.7 billion in our Living Longer, Living Better reforms to build a new aged care system built on the principles of respect, choice and dignity.

Labor has delivered the biggest aged care reforms in a generation, and today’s announcement will continue to ensure that older CALD Australians have access to the high quality, cultural sensitive support they deserve.

This funding adds to the $17 million already being provided to a range of projects for older people from CALD communities – to provide interpreting services, cultural competency training for aged care staff and some innovative ethnically appropriate services.



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