The dynamic and highly successful Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2014 Conference: Shaping Inclusive Services was held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on 12-13 June 2014, with delegates from every state and territory of Australia in attendance.

Over 320 representatives from peak organisations, providers, practitioners, educators, researchers, consumer advocates and individuals with an interest in showcasing best practice and innovative models in the area of culturally inclusive service engaged with over 60 keynote, concurrent and poster presentations across the two days of the event.

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services opened the event with affirmation of the government’s commitment to the National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from CALD Backgrounds. They also announced that that the Government will be allocating $1.5 million to develop tools and resources to help multicultural and ethnic community organisations applying for community and residential aged care packages. 

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Pictured above: the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing team with Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells , Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services (2nd from right).

Keynote addresses included both indigenous and ethnic communities’ perspectives to ageing in Australia, the role of design in inclusive aged care, the achievement of excellence in culturally inclusive services, diversity within diversity, workforce diversity, current research in the sector and an engaging presentation by Tony Briffa who spoke about his personal journey and advocacy from the perspective of an intersex individual from a culturally diverse background.

Delegates were also invited to choose from over 45 concurrent presentations which were designed to highlight current trends in research, latest resources and showcase contemporary initiatives in culturally inclusive service delivery. The presentations spanned a wide range of themes and issues including  ageing experiences, ethno-specific care, Consumer Directed Care, social inclusion, rights and advocacy, workforce diversity, workforce training and education, indigenous aged care, LGBTIQ inclusive care, dementia care, palliative care, continence care, healthy ageing, financial planning and carer support.

For the first time, the Conference also provided a networking opportunity for those delegates interested in service provision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elderly. Our thanks go to the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) for assisting us in facilitating this session.

In addition to the Conference formalities delegates were able to visit our exhibitor and sponsor stalls, network with other delegates at the social drinks function, treat themselves to free massages sponsored by Benetas, participate in a morning riverside walk sponsored by the Heart Foundation, view a display of beautiful handcrafted items from SisterWorks and enjoy musical performances by Yannis, Jali Buba Kuyateh and The Eamon and Dudi Project (pictured below).

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The Conference also saw the presentation of the inaugural Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards winners in the aged care services, not for profit sector and individual excellence categories. We’re proud to acknowledge their professional achievements - find out the winners here.

Thank you to our major sponsors Palliative Care Victoria and Polaron Language Services, and exhibitors Aged Care Complaints Scheme, Alzheimer's Australia Vic, beyondblue, Ambulance Victoria, Continence Foundation of Australia, Australian Multicultural Community Services, Regis Aged Care and Benetas for supporting the event and ensuring its continued success.

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For all Conference enquiries, please contact the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing on 03 8823 7979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Professional Development Points

Royal-College-of-Nurses newsletter This Conference is endorsed by APEC number 005050801 as authorised by Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) according to approved criteria. Attendance attracts 8 RCNA CNE POINTS (per conference day) as part of RCNA’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP).

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This Conference is recognised for professional development points from Diversional Therapy Australia. Eligible participants will earn 10 POINTS for 2 day attendance at the conference.




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