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Virtual Home Safety Program MIPS Launches

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Diversicare launched its Multicultural Interactive Program Solutions (MIPS) today at a luncheon at Victoria Park Golf Club, in Brisbane.

Funded by the Australian Government through the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, MIPS promotes safety awareness in the home through a virtual home tour, enabling older people to live independently longer.

This innovative website is specifically designed to cater for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities with differing literacy levels.  It is accessible both visually and audibly in seven languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Greek, and Italian.

Wayne Briscoe, Executive Director of Multicultural Affairs Queensland officially launched the website. He said that given the stats and trends showing that one in three older Queenslanders were born overseas and that people aged 65 and older are the fastest growing cohort of internet users, it is the perfect time to launch this unique program.

MIPS Project Manager Emma Moore, said “this program is one of a kind and offers vital information for older people who want to continue to live independently in their own community, and for family members and carers to support those they care about most by making adjustments in the home.”

MIPS also provides information to increase capacity and knowledge around general health and wellbeing as well as information about community, emergency and legal services.

ECCQ Chairperson Alton Budd closed with congratulating the Diversicare team for their hard work and original idea. He also thanked Dr Amanda Moffatt from Bowerbird Creative and her design team for their hard work over the last year working closely with the MIPS team to design each element of the program.

MIPS is innovation at its best, designed to be incredibly user friendly and simple, anyone can use it. Check it out by visiting www.mips.org.au.

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