South Australia, 16th October 2017: Aged Care Group (ACG) and ACH Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officialise a joint initiative to offer high standards of care to senior residents living in Malaysia.
The signing of the MOU was witnessed by the Honourable Zoe Bettison, Minister for Ageing, recognising the Office for the Ageing played an important role in developing Age of Opportunity: A Policy Framework for the Development of the Ageing Well Industry in South Australia. The MOU affirms ACH Group – one of Australia’s largest aged care organisations with over 65 years of practice, 2,000 staff across 50 locations both South Australia and Victoria – would lend ACG their experience and knowledge in developing senior living housing and aged care facilities.
This joint initiative will bring both parties to work together in delivering new opportunities for older people in Malaysia by adapting ACH Group’s proven smart partnership such as ViTA with SA Health and Flinders University, enabling us to markedly improve health and lifestyle outcomes for Malaysia’s ageing population.
The collaboration will see ACH Group participating in some of ACG’s projects to develop a care model of elder care services which meets Malaysians’ culture and diversity. ACG’s know-how of the local environment coupled with ACH Group’s years of expertise would be incumbent to the development of an integrated continuum of care framework for Malaysians drawn upon a strong community-based care model which involves the community, public and private sectors.
As ACH Group – a strong advocate of diversity in their business of care, this innovative model of care would support culturally and linguistically diverse communities and their needs for aged care in sync with Malaysia, truly a melting pot that is Asia.
Framed under existing local regulations, this bilateral relationship between South Australia and Malaysia will elevate and introduce a care model of international standards. At the same time, leveraging on ACH Group’s elder care service experience to give comprehensive guidance, coordination, cooperation and support in terms of policy update, administrative procedures and operating standards amongst others.
The successful implementation of a financially sustainable care model for Malaysians is expected to become a significant formula for more potential projects that the two organisations would embark on in Malaysia.