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Derek McMillan’s experience within the retirement sector is impressive. He was the chief executive of a large retirement living organisation for more than a decade, has served on several boards, and has been director and vice-president of the National Ageing Research Institute for the past five years. In his words, he wanted to form communities that “inspire older people to live happy and fulfilling lives.”
Academics from Sydney University and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) found that 42 of the 94 registered active dementia clinical trials in Australia excluded patients not fluent in English.
Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds may be receiving "inequitable dementia care", according to experts, including NARI researchers.
The current body of research on dementia does not reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Australian population, leaving people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds receiving inequitable dementia care.
National Ageing Research Institute director Briony Dow says there is the need to maintain a sense of community, whether that be a family or in a formal care setting.