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Specific Needs

Australia is a diverse nation with different religious, spirituality, sexuality, culture, and socio-economic backgrounds and personal experiences. We are spread across a vast continent with different geographic characteristics and we can have different medical and care needs. Holistic palliative and end-of-life care embraces the physical, emotional, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural dimensions of human life and respects diversity and individual needs.

Respect for the needs of individuals and groups with specific needs is embedded within a human rights approach to ageing and health.

By embedding diversity in the design and delivery of aged care, the Aged Care Diversity Framework (3.25MB pdf) released in 2017 seeks to support all people to access safe, equitable and quality aged care, while enabling consumers and carers to be partners in this process. Based on this, four diversity action plans have been developed to directly support government, aged care providers, consumers, families and carers address barriers and challenges affecting the ability of specific groups to access mainstream and flexible aged care services:

  • Diverse Older people (shared actions recognising commonalities across groups)
  • Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds
  • Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, and Intersex peoples

The Shared actions to support all diverse older people (868kb pdf) is a guide for aged care providers to help all older people experience a high quality aged care system that ensures equitable access and outcomes and embraces their diverse characteristics and life experiences. 

For the care of older Australians with certain specific needs, read the relevant sections of the My Aged Care website.

This section provides guidance and resources in advance care planning and palliative care delivery for older Australians who are living in the community or in aged care facilities and who may have specific needs.


Page updated 24 July 2019