Because of the COVID-19, you can’t do much: How older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds experienced social (dis)connection during the pandemic

Presenter: Dr Ruth De Souza, RMIT University

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About the presentation

Restrictions during the pandemic created new challenges for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This presentation presents findings from a small qualitative study with older adults in Australia and explores some of the methodological issues and opportunities in trying to do research from a distance.

Ruth Desouza presentation

About the presenter

Dr Ruth De Souza is a Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Based in the School of Art, she is a nurse, academic and community engaged researcher in gender, race, health and digital technologies. Prior to coming to RMIT, she was the academic co-convenor of the Data, Systems and Society Research Network (DSSRN), a collaborative research network across the University of Melbourne. Her Fellowship engages health professionals in finding new ways to understand, co-design and implement sustainable cultural safety initiatives in a range of health contexts. Ruth's current projects include research on social isolation, digital technologies and the experiences of older people from culturally diverse backgrounds during COVID-19; how pregnant women from South Asian backgrounds used apps in pregnancy during the pandemic; affordances of patient generated health data in the community clinic and using design probes to facilitate discussions about digital health literacy among marginalised communities.

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