The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House in Canberra on 10 March 2016.
With developments in this area being somewhat fragmented, participants of the Roundtable brought their expertise to analyse the gaps and work towards a strategic agenda on advancing research around ageing in CALD communities.
Participants identified the collaboration across sectors and inclusion beginning from the grassroots as key components to advancing research around ageing and aged care for older CALD Australians. Ensuring CALD people are at the centre of research was also highlighted as vital components to the process.
Translating research into policy and practice was highlighted as a crucial aspect, including looking at international comparisons and how this can influence Australian practice. NARI Director Briony Dow discussed the importance of including the scientific rigour of research saying, “Research should be a representation of our population, with all research including people from CALD backgrounds. This is not just a social equity issue, but an issue of scientific rigour.”
The Roundtable heard from two Ministers and two Shadow Ministers, demonstrating the bipartisan support for positive and healthy ageing for older CALD Australians and culturally appropriate aged care. We were pleased to be joined by the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon Ken Wyatt MP; the Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs, The Hon Craig Laundy MP: the Shadow Minister for Ageing, The Hon Shayne Neumann MP; and the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multiculturalism, Ms Michelle Rowland MP.