This Briefing by the Benevolent Society presents evidence from research to guide mainstream community aged care organisations and practitioners on working in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It aims to help enhance the quality of care by ensuring it is underpinned by reflection, knowledge, understanding and respect. However, this Briefing should not be understood as a universal set of protocols, nor as a prescription for care, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are complex and extremely diverse, and accepted protocols vary across communities.
This is the 8th in a series of community aged care research to practice briefings. Other topics covered in the series include Supporting the independence of older people ; Supporting older people experiencing mental distress, and Promoting social networks for older people.