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Australia’s ageing population

Australia’s population is ageing and increasing in ethnic diversity. Approximately 30% of Australia’s population was born overseas, and over 300 identified languages are spoken in Australian homes (ABS, 2021). With the number of cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians set to increase further, and people living longer than ever before, further aged care reforms are drastically needed. While aging presents a variety of challenges for all, these challenges can be exacerbated for older people from CALD backgrounds, who are required to navigate and engage with services and systems not specifically designed with them in mind.