Relationships Australia 2016 - 2017 Annual Report 1 - Page 48

Forgotten Australians Aged Care Project This project started in mid-2016 between Elm Place and Forgotten Australians with the aim to increase the awareness of Forgotten Australians in the aged care sector. In Australia during the last century an estimated 500,000 children and young people experienced institutional or other out-of-home care. Known as Forgotten Australians, many of these people suffered physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse while in ‘care’. Later in life, Forgotten Australians may experience an acute response when faced again with the possibility of being dependent on institutions. The prospect of relying on aged care services or re- institutionalisation represents a return to vulnerability. As part of the Forgotten Australians Aged Care Project, five Forgotten Australians underwent a four-day training to explore, share and present their lived experience as consumer voice speakers. At the same time, partnerships with Aged & Community Services, COTA SA, Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) and Helping Hand were formed to encourage systemic change within the sector. With the use of the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing information package (Dec, 2016), two community education sessions were held at the Red Cross and COTA. Through attending the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference, the group had an opportunity to speak to the South Australian Parliament Joint Committee on matters relating to Elder Abuse in South Australia and provided written submissions highlighting the need for Forgotten Australians to be recognised and included as a key stakeholder group when addressing Elder Abuse. In future the project aims to develop resources and educational campaigns for Forgotten Australians to increase resilience and understanding of their rights within Aged Care. It will also focus on strategies for the aged care sector to increase understanding of the long-term impacts of childhood trauma through the implementation of trauma- informed policies and practices. Helping Hand is currently seeking funding to work in partnership with Elm Place to implement a project for care leavers as a special needs group within their services. My Post Care Practitioner is very professional; she has a good understanding and empathy for her clients. I wouldn’t have got where I am without my Post Care Practitioner. Post Care Support Services Client 44 Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017