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Government of South Australia Country Resources Older Persons General Health Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards South Australia 1 July 2010 Policy document Older Persons, policy

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The Health Policy for Older People 2010 - 2016 is to be used as a guide in conjunction with the Health Service Framework for Older People 2009 - 2016, the Health Service Plans, the South
Australia’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy 2009 - 2014 and South Australia’s Dementia Action Plan 2009 - 2012 by all SA Health services when developing or reviewing health care relevant to older people, their family and family carers.

The SA Health Policy for Older People sets the strategic direction for provision of high quality, equitable and accessible health and health-related services for older people. In particular, this policy seeks to:
• Promote healthy ageing and encourage independence, consistent with
the rights, preferences and capacities of older people.
• Promote Aboriginal healthy life expectancy.
• Ensure that those with ill health have access to the ‘right care’ in the
‘right place’ regardless of their place of residence.
• Provide coordinated care across the key transition points of
acute/primary/mental health and aged and community care.
• Ensure services are respectful of diversity and culturally responsive to
Aboriginal people, people from multicultural backgrounds and people
who live in rural and remote areas.

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