NARI researchers have been out and about across Australia presenting their latest research findings, as well as delivering training.
Our Director of Social Gerontology Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath and researcher Paulene Mackell were in Bendigo and Launceston recently delivering training about dementia in diverse groups – Bianca about older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (CALD) and Paulene about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Ageing in a foreign land
Dr Andrew Gilbert and Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath presented at the Ageing in a Foreign Land conference recently. Dr Gilbert provided an overview of ‘It is still my language’: the use of e-interpretation for in-home cognitive assessments with older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians while Associate Professor Brijnath and Dr Gilbert presented on Moving Pictures.
Dr Meg Polacsek presented the keynote address at the 'Older Tasmanians Suicide Risk and Prevention Workshop', presented by COTA Tasmania, and funded by Primary Health Tasmania. The workshop shared risk factors for suicide among older Tasmanians, and the role of ageism in social isolation and loneliness. The workshop was targeted to management and staff of aged care providers, health services and community organisations.
Together we can stop elder abuse
Director Associate Professor Briony Dow spoke at the Eastern Elder Abuse Network’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. An Australia leader in elder abuse research, Associate Professor Dow said it was essential for society to prevent abuse before it happened by addressing ageism. Two other crucial areas are early intervention to prevent abuse from recurring by holding family mediation and educating health and aged care workers; and preventing long-term harm to older people by using legal remedies and counselling, managing cases from the start and by providing support for victims.