Cultural diversity

The cultural diversity of Australia’s population is recognised by NARI researchers who continually consider how ageing might affect people from different backgrounds and experiences.

For further information on these projects, please contact Associate Professor Bianca Brijnath:

Talk2Me Technology- Enabling older people with dementia from CALD backgrounds to communicate their everyday needs

Talk2Me explores how people with dementia from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) can easily communicate everyday needs with carers who do not speak the same language. NARI’s partners are Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd and Mercy Health.

Assessing the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) and education about depression and anxiety amongst the older Chinese community in Australia

There is some evidence that people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds are at greater risk of depression than the general community. This study targeted older Chinese immigrants, one of the largest and fastest growing groups in the CALD population.

Interpreter mediated cognitive assessments – stakeholder experiences informing guidelines and training DVD and use of video conferencing software

Social justice and equity of access to care can be compromised by the communication gaps which frequently occur during interpreter-assisted cognitive assessments. There is a shortage of interpreters in many languages, even in metropolitan areas, and difficulties for people to access services with appropriate interpreters.

Improving dementia detection rates in older Asian communities - An education program to improve referral to Memory Services for older people of Asian background living in Melbourne

This community-based education project determined and implemented the most effective methods of improving early dementia detection rates in two rapidly growing older Asian communities, Chinese and Vietnamese, living in Melbourne. Resources are here.

The Assessment of Older People with dementia and depression of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds: A review of current practice and the development of guidelines for Victorian Aged Care Assessment Services

This project sought to improve dementia and depression assessment practices of the Aged Care Assessment Services (ACAS) when working with older people from a CALD background and included surveys, focus groups and a literature review. To help guide ACAS clinicians assessment practices six tip sheets were developed and a list of web-based resources.