Baptcare signs agreement with Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative

Baptcare and the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC) will today sign a first-of-its-kind agreement to work closely together to offer culturally appropriate Home Care Packages to eligible older Aboriginal people in the Bendigo area.

Baptcare is the first mainstream provider that will offer this service in the Home Care Package space. The community services organisation, founded in 1945, currently works across 34 sites in Victoria and Tasmania, offering residential and community care for older people, support to children, families, and people with disability, financially disadvantaged people and asylum seekers.

Baptcare Regional Manager – North/East Victoria and Tasmania, Michael Faneco, said it is a historic day for Baptcare and BDAC.

“The Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) identified that Aboriginal aged care clients are severely under-represented in assessment for Home Care Packages and have for the past months dedicated a resource to this area which has seen a two-fold increase in Aboriginal clients being assessed for Home Care Packages.”

Mr Faneco said Baptcare’s team in Bendigo initiated meetings with BDAC earlier in the year to discuss the need for culturally appropriate and respectful access for Aboriginal people eligible for a Home Care Package.

“I am honoured to sign this agreement on behalf of Baptcare today and can also share with you that we are already working closely with BDAC to support Aboriginal consumers on Home Care Packages with very positive results,” he said.

BDAC Chief Executive Officer, Raylene Harradine said the ground-breaking agreement will see much needed support offered to eligible Aboriginal clients.

“This agreement will enhance the developing working relationship between BDAC and Baptcare