Diverse groups of older Australians

Most older Australians are living longer and more healthily than ever before. Some groups, however, continue to face disadvantage that affects both their mental and physical health and their opportunities for social and economic engagement within their communities. The Aged Care Act 1997 (Cwlth) defines some populations as ‘people with special needs’—people with particular care needs that should be taken into consideration. Currently, there is no systematic capacity to identify and report on the wellbeing of people from most of these population groups. This section provides a brief overview of some of these, including people:

  • from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • who are veterans of the Australian Defence Force or an allied defence force (or the spouse, widow or widower of a veteran)
  • who live in rural or remote areas  
  • who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  • who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).

For the full list of groups identified as ‘people with special needs’ refer to the Aged Care Act