Involving CALD communities in dementia research

Presenter: A/Prof Bianca Brijnath, NARI

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About the presentation

With one in three older people being from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background, Australia is both an increasingly ageing and multicultural nation. However, there is an under-representation of CALD communities in dementia research. Consequently, many research findings translated into clinical practice and social policy are culturally inappropriate, disregard biological differences across Australia’s multicultural groups, and perpetuate social inequalities.

This seminar will outline the current gaps in Australian dementia research vis-à-vis the inclusion of CALD communities; ways to ameliorate some of these gaps including addressing methodological difficulties around recruitment, accessing big data, and costs of such research; and the potential advances for individual researchers as well as Australian-research and policy on a global stage.

About the presenter

Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath is the Divisional Director of Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI). Her disciplinary training is in primary healthcare, public health and medical anthropology and her research expertise is in mental health and care in primary care and community-based settings. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, she has undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture, and mental health and the life-course. She has authored over 90 publications, including a sole-authored book with Berghahn Books titled “Unforgotten: Love and the culture of dementia care in India” and is the lead investigator for the Moving Pictures study in Australia. In recognition of her research, she was awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award in 2018.

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