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Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Project (ACSIHAG)

The Empowering New and Emerging Communities project is supported by the Australian Government and aims to empower both new and emerging communities (NECs) and mainstream aged care providers to address prevailing barriers faced by older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in accessing aged care services.

The project aims to increase the awareness within mainstream aged care services of the specific cultural needs of smaller and under represented communities through providing information and support. 

Who is eligible?

These are the communities currently eligible for ACSIHAG support 

 Identified communities

  • Bhutanese
  • Iranian
  • Burmese (Chin)
  • Punjabi
  • Sudanese


Which areas?

Geographical areas targeted are the Northern and Western Metropolitan Home and Community Care (HACC) Region of Melbourne. Local Government Areas (LGAs) of

  • Hume
  • Moreland
  • Yarra
  • Brimbank
  • MooneeValley 


Funding & Cost This program is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA) under the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Project (ACSIHAG). There is no cost involved for participants. 

Contact for more info
Shemiran Gevergizyan, Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Project (ACSIHAG)
Tel. (03) 9496 0246 


Supported Access Pilot Project (SAPP)

The Supported Access Pilot Project (SAPP) is a Department of Health (DOH) funded initiative to provide additional support to Home AND Community Care (HACC) eligible people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. The Spectrum MRC aims to target the CALD population in the northern region to access services, by assisting and supporting them navigate the services system.

Northern Federation of Ethnic Senior Citizens

The Northern Federation provides a stronger voice for Ethnic Senior Citizens Clubs in the Northern Region by providing support to people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities living in the north east .

Activities include
  • Training
  • Community education
  • Assistance in preparing funding applications
  • Support meeting administrative requirements
Who is eligible Ethnic senior citizens clubs that are in Local Government Areas (LGA) of Whittlesea, Darebin, Banyule and Yarra.
Funding & Costs The coordinator for this program is funded by the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program and the grant to run the sessions is provided by the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).
Annual membership cost per club is $10

Contact for more info

Nadereh Edwards, Federation Coordinator
Tel. (03) 9496 0271

Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA)

The aim of the ACHA program is to support older people to secure or maintain housing and care in order to effectively live in the community of their choice. The program is not designed to meet ‘gaps’ in programs for other client groups/populations, including those whose primary need relates to physical or intellectual disability, brain injury or other health issues.

Who is eligible

Frail, low income, older people who are:

  • Renting
  • In insecure housing 
  • Homeless
  • From CALD background
  • In the Local Government Areas (LGA) of Whittlesea, Darebin, Banyule and Yarra. 
Activities Assistance and support with care and housing and link, where appropriate, to community care
Funding & Costs This program is funded federally by the Department of Health. There is no cost involved for clients.

Contact for more info

Nadereh Edwards, ACHA Worker
Tel. (03) 9496 0271