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Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt AM discusses ageing well in Australia with Indigenous and CALD ambassadors

Dear members and friends
 
Please join Speak My Language as we facilitate a conversation with the Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health Ken Wyatt AM, in Perth on 6th May 2019.
 
The conversation was facilitated by Speak My Language features bilingual facilitators and ambassadors from News South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.  
 
Listen in as the Minister and guests talk about the importance of what it means to age well in Australia for CALD communities, concerns about elder abuse, carers needs, the challenges within aged care workforce and we discuss the incredible innovation and commitment from our CALD senior ambassadors, who have been intricate in making Speak My Language a success.
Click here to listen to the podcast.

Here's what people had to say about the conversation:

“This is a very powerful conversation. Well done all the SML team. The only way to overcome barriers to accessing aged care programs is to talk. The Minister gave us valuable insight as well. … this is just a start” 

Gordana Spirovska, MCCI, Illawarra, NSW

“The quality of the recording reflects the vibrant conversation on the day” 

Odysseas Kripotos, Fronditha Care, Victoria

“The minister showed that he wasn’t from any politician or government, he demonstrated he was a true humanitatiran…. such a great conversation, thank you, Minister, for your valuable time and insight” 
Eva Alfris , Carer and Ambassador , Victoria
 
“I cannot thank the ECC’s and Speak My Language enough for creating this platform for us to meet the minister in person and to explain to him in person the challenges and incredible solutions developed by CALD communities on the ground. I am proud to be a Bilingual Facilitator of the Speak My Language program .. I believe the work has only just begun….” 
Anju Marthur, Hindi and Punjab Bilingual Facilitator and Founder of the Indian Dementia Forum, NSW
 
“What a powerful conversation…the Minister demonstrated he is definitely listening and understand the challenges we are experiences. An incredible man who took time out to meet ordinary people living extraordinary circumstances.. thank you, Minister!….” 
Maria Berry, Seniors and Elder Abuse Advocate and Spokesperson, Victoria

If you weren't able to celebrate with us in person, please click here to watch a full live-stream of the launch.

A full gallery of photos from the day can also be viewed by clicking here