Queensland Community Care Network | Voices from the Armchair
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Voices from the armchair are a series of films that aim to promote discussion on the Australian Federal Government’s defined ‘Special Needs Groups’. The term “people with special needs” is defined in the Aged Care Act of 1997 and its subsequent revisions.

There are eight groups of people with special needs;

  1. People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  2. People from non-English speaking (culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds
  3. People who live in rural or remote areas
  4. People who are financially or socially disadvantaged
  5. People who are veterans, (of the Australian Defence Force or an allied defence force), including the spouse, widow or widower of a veteran
  6. People who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
  7. People who are care leavers
  8. People from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community.

Films were created on six of the special needs groups with the perceived greatest need for education. These films can be found below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

For more information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture visit the MyAgedCare website.

People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

For more information on people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds visit Diversicare’s website.

Forgotten Australians

For more information on Forgotten Australians, visit the Lotus Place website.

People who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

For more information on people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless visit Micah Project’s website.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People

For more information on LGBTI people, visit the Queensland Aids Council website.

Veterans

For more information on Veterans, visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website.