Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference 2018


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Conference Registration 

The Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference 2018 will be held on Friday 15 June at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne. This year’s theme, Setting Standards, showcases the latest range of initiatives and resources that can support inclusive practice in the aged care sector. The Conference provides a platform for policy makers, aged care service managers and leaders to explore how they can work towards implementing organisation wide initiatives that ensure the needs of older people from diverse backgrounds are met.

The conference will feature presentations from the winners and finalists of the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards 2018. Winners will be announced at the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards dinner to be held on Thursday 14 June.

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing through Australian Government Department of Health, Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) funding.

Friday 15 June 2018

9am - 4.30pm

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

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Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards Dinner

The Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards dinner will be held on Thursday 14 June at the Arts Centre and is included in Conference registration. Additional tickets can be purchased separately. The winners of the 2018 Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards will be announced. Nominations are now closed. 

Find out more about the awards.

Thursday 14 June 2018

6.30pm for a 7pm start - 10pm

The Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne


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The program will include examples of quality initiatives, as recognised through the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards and will highlight best practice at organisational and service delivery levels as well as exceptional commitment and practice shown by individuals.

Conference presentation will feature the following topics:

  • Consumer Directed Care (CDC) and vulnerable aged people
    Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM, Former Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at RMIT University, and the first Professor of Transcultural Nursing

  • Our care our way: Aged care services for Aboriginal peoples
    Noeleen Tunny, Policy Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), Stephanie Suter, Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation and Rhonda Watson, Aboriginal Community Elders’ Service (ACES)

  • Diversity and Aged Care Quality Standards
    Ann Wunsch, Executive Director Operations, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

  • Inclusive Service Standards - Embedding inclusive practice across all policies, strategies and practice
    Ljubica Petrov, Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

  • Focusing on solutions and strategies that improve aged care outcomes for older people from CALD backgrounds
    Cristina Giusti, Director of Policy – Ageing & Disability, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA)

  • Journey to becoming an inclusive organisation - Uniting’s Cultural Diversity Strategy
    Margaret Teuma, Service Excellence Specialist CALD, Practice & Quality, Uniting, NSW

  • Accessing interpreting services via TIS National
    Julie Hallifax, Senior Account Manager and Michael Edwards, Manager, Client Liaison, Translating & Interpreting Service (TIS National)

  • Bolton Clark Diversity Framework and support resources
    Jaklina Michael, Manager Diversity, Bolton Clarke

  • Five good reasons you should use Health Translations
    Matt Loads, Head of Communications, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health


The Pavilion sits beneath the iconic Spire of the Arts Centre, Australia's largest and busiest performing arts centre. Located just across the Yarra from Flinders Street Station and with a tram stop directly in front of it, this is a convenient location for delegates commuting into the city or staying at one of the numerous hotels in the CBD.

Find information about the venue, including transport and parking on the Arts Centre Melbourne website.


The Arts Centre is offering a discounted parking rate for Conference delegates of $17.00 (flat rate) for each day of the conference (Thursday evening and Friday). If you wish to take this option, please hold onto the parking ticket you receive upon entering the car park and we will give you an additional parking ticket at the registration desk.


Conference Registration

Conference registration is $300 (incl. GST) and includes a ticket to the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards dinner.

Separate tickets for the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference Dinner can be purchased for $120 (incl. GST) per person. 

Credit/debit card is the only payment method accepted and must be finalised upon ticket purchase. Contact us if you have any queries.

*Please note: A booking fee of $.030 will be incurred for each transaction (Try Booking fee)  

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