Care and comfort for older Indian Victorians


Melbourne: Families in our state’s Indian communities will have peace of mind that their elderly loved ones are getting the care they need, under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews on Tuesday announced that only a re-elected Labor Government will invest up to $14.5 million to purchase land for two new Indian aged-care facilities in Melbourne’s west and south-east, an official press release said.

This announcement will help ensure older Indian Victorians receive the care and comfort they deserve, while also giving their families peace of mind.

Aged care services dedicated to specific multicultural communities can make all the difference in helping older Victorians feel at home.

From offering traditional food to hosting dedicated spaces to practice religion and culture, these facilities ensure that older generations remain connected to their roots.

Research has also shown that those suffering from dementia often revert to their mother tongue. By having staff onsite that speak that same language, residents can be better understood and cared for.

Almost 170,000 Victorians were born in India, making our state home to the largest India-born population in Australia.

This announcement recognises our large Indian communities in Melbourne’s west and south-east, with land to be purchased in these locations, ensuring residents can remain close to their families.

Under the previous Liberal Government, public aged care beds were set to be privatised, hurting older Victorians and their loved ones. Only Labor recognises the vast contribution of older Indian Victorians and is willing to make the investments that really matter.

Andrews said, “This represents a monumental investment in our Indian communities. Many have advocated for this for more than a decade, and only Labor will deliver. Our older generations have contributed so much to our state – it’s only fitting we make sure they get the dignity and respect they deserve in their later years.”

Minister for Ageing Martin Foley said, “We have so many diverse families and communities across Melbourne. Catering for different cultures in our aged care services gives peace of mind to our elderly residents and their loved ones.”

Minister for Multiculturalism Robin Scott added, “We’ll always value the views of our Indian communities. So, when they told us more needed to be done to support their older generations, we listened.”