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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


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Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan Executive Summary 4 Three main drives for greater on-island facilities are that: Only three patients are in an appropriate level of care (in Darwin) as there is a reluctance to leave both family and the island. Poor access to community services and residential care have meant that people sometimes experience substandard care and die prematurely at home in preference to being sent away for care. As the next generation will be much younger, they will not have the sibling or family structure available to provide them with care and these are the same people who the current generation of sufferers are relying on for care. As the next generation of sufferers will be much younger, there will be multiple generations requiring significant support at the same time, placing a major spike on services. Estimates suggest 77 likely cases in the near term progressing to a medium term trend of around 114 people with increasing severity. Using uniform distribution, the Groote archipelago could progress quickly to a 30 bed high dependency requirement and then up to a 60 bed high dependency need within 10 years. The balance of patients could potentially be evenly split between at home, day therapy and periodic respite. In summary this would imply two construction phases to add 30 bed additional capacities to existing aged care facilities and then an additional 30 beds later on. Given the reluctance of MJD sufferers to leave home, any excess capacity could be absorbed by aged and disability patients. However, with the next generation it appears there will be little choice other than residential care. A major outcome of this Strategic Plan is to advocate for measures to establish a substantial local workforce to cater for senior people and patients of MJD. It also recommends that patients of renal failure be afforded increased services and support on Groote Eylandt. INCREASE AGED CARE SERVICES Groote Eylandts senior population is expected to nearly triple in the next 15 years. There is expected to be a marked increase in the number of people requiring aged and/or disability care services as well as an increase in the number of carers needing to access respite services. The ALC is committed to contributing funding via GEBIE to expand aged care infrastructure and to work with other stakeholders including Federal and Territory governments via mainstream health funding channels. The ALC believes it is important that the service is increased to offer day and/or overnight respite as well as long term residential care, supported accommodation and increased speacialised care for MJD patients. Another priority for the ALC is encouraging the numbers of Anindilyakwa people working in the health sector.