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Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference 2018 


The Cultural Diversity in Ageing Conference 2018 was held on Friday 15 June at the iconic Arts Centre Melbourne. The theme, Setting Standards, showcased the latest range of initiatives and resources that can support inclusive practice in the aged care sector. 

The Conference provided 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 also featured presentations from the winners and finalists of the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards 2018

View all our presenters on video by clicking on their images below: 


olga 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
noeleen 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)
ann Diversity and Aged Care Quality Standards
Ann Wunsch, Executive Director Operations, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
ljubica Inclusive Service Standards - Embedding inclusive practice across all policies, strategies and practice
Ljubica Petrov, Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing
cristina 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)
margaret Journey to becoming an inclusive organisation - Uniting’s Cultural Diversity Strategy 
Margaret Teuma, Service Excellence Specialist CALD, Practice & Quality, Uniting, NSW
julie Accessing interpreting services via TIS National
Julie Hallifax, Senior Account Manager and Michael Edwards, Manager, Client Liaison, Translating & Interpreting Service (TIS National)
jaklina Bolton Clark Diversity Framework and support resources
Jaklina Michael, Manager Diversity, Bolton Clarke
matt Five good reasons you should use Health Translations
Matt Loads, Head of Communications, Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health

Excellence in Cultural Diversity in Ageing - Panel session

Pamela Bibby, Access & Support Worker, Rights Information and Advocacy Centre Inc.


Excellence in Cultural Diversity in Ageing - Panel session

Chris Lacey, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

Excellence in Cultural Diversity in Ageing - Panel session

Henrietta Podgorska, Senior Community Engagement Coordinator, Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services

Excellence in Cultural Diversity in Ageing - Panel session

Alexis Hughes, Policy Advisor, MiCare



Previous Conferences


Shaping Inclusive Services: Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2014 Conference

13 - 14 June 2014
pdf Download 2014 Conference Program (4.00 MB)


Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2012 Conference: Stories to Inspire

7 - 8 June 2012, Melbourne Convention Centre
pdf Download 2012 conference program (4.88 MB)


Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2010 Victorian State Conference: Culturally Inclusive Quality Care at the End Of Life

12 October 2010 - Rydges on Swanston Hotel, Carlton Victoria
pdf Download 2010 conference program (759 KB)


Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2009 Victorian State Conference

4th May 2009 - Hemisphere Conference Centre and Hotel, Moorabbin
pdf Download 2009 conference program (33 KB)


Cultural Diversity in Ageing 2007 National Conference: Behind every person is a long journey

7-8 June 2007, Sofitel Melbourne
pdf Download 2007 conference program (132 KB)


Cultural Diversity in Aged Care Conference 2005

9 June 2005 - The Event Centre, Flemington