Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2012 Conference: Stories to Inspire

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing hosted the highly successful Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2012 Conference: Stories to Inspire at the Melbourne Convention Centre on 7-8 June 2012, with over 250 people in attendance across the 2 days of the event.

Opening with keynote addresses from Sharon Davis from Frontier Services in the Northern Territory and Pino Migliorino from FECCA, the first day also included a panel discussion with the Hon Susan Ryan AO, Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner; Beth Wilson, Victoria’s Health Services Commissioner and Michael Gorton AM, former board member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. Arnold Zable followed with a popular discussion on the healing power of stories.

An address by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing the Hon Mark Butler MP outlined the government’s ‘Living Longer, Living Better’ aged care reform package and provided an opportunity for delegates to question the Minister on future directions for policies related to older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The highlight of the Conference was Minister Butler's announcement that the 'National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds' will be developed and launched by the end of the year.

A range of concurrent sessions were held over the two days on topics including healthy ageing and nutrition, carer perspective and support, culturally inclusive service delivery, research and aged care workforce diversity. Workshops hosted by Arnold Zable and Karen Thode from Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service also proved to be popular with delegates.

Speakers embraced the Conference theme of ‘Stories to Inspire’ and delivered powerful and personal examples of best practice and unique initiatives that are working to provide inclusive care to those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

A moving speech by Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM on her achievements throughout her remarkable career closed the Conference, along with the announcement of a new award in her honour to recognise individuals and organisations working to improve culturally inclusive care.

The Conference was made possible by our major sponsors Polaron and beyondblue, and sponsors Benetas, Australian Multicultural Community Services, Kalyna Care and Continence Foundation of Australia. The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing receives funding from the Department of Health and Ageing under the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) initiative.

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Professional endorsement


This Conference was endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia according to approved APEC No. 009050801. Attendance for eligible participants earnt 8 RCNA CNE points per day as part RCNA’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP).


Diversional-Therapy-AustraliaThis Conference was recognised by Diversional Therapy Australia. Eligible participants earnt 10 DTA Professional Development Points for attendance.