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. 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. 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) 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.

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.

Page updated 22 February 2019