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:

Moving Pictures: Using film and digital media to raise dementia awareness in CALD communities

In Australia, limited awareness of dementia in people from CALD backgrounds often results in delayed diagnosis, poorer prognosis, and higher burden of care on families and health systems. Collaborating with Curtin University, NARI has received federal funding to raise dementia awareness in CALD communities.

Improving service knowledge and access among older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds with dementia

This project will trial videoconferencing technology with interpreters for aged care assessments (with the interpreter in a different location to the assessment worker, older person and family).

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.