Culturally diverse care for people with dementia and their carers

About 200 participants from 18 organisations in Greater China tuned into an online webinar hosted by Caring Futures Institute researcher Professor Lily Xiao recently.

The session on Australian dementia care policies and practices was related to the Chinese iSupport for Dementia program, a new online education program to provide high-quality support for carers of people living with dementia.

Research team member, Scientia Professor Hendry Brodaty from the University of New South Wales was the key speaker at the session.

A second seminar will go ahead on Culturally appropriate care for culturally diverse people with dementia and their carers in Australia next month.

Professor Bianca Brijnath, Director of Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute and Associate Professor at Curtin University, will speak at the event on 11 October.

With one in three older people from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background, Australia is an increasingly ageing and multicultural nation.

The integration of culture into the new Australian Aged Care Quality Standards means that all providers have an obligation to provide culturally safe and appropriate care.

Focusing on the Chinese-Australian communities, Professor Brijnath will cover how to negotiate diverse cultural understandings of dementia and care, how to communicate with culturally diverse families about dementia, and what to do when cultural conflict arises.

The seminar will be held on 11 October, 11am Beijing, 1:30pm Adelaide, 2pm Sydney.

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Read more about the iSupport for Dementia program’s roll out in China here.

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