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End-of-Life Theme for Cultural Diversity Conference

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing hosted yet another successful annual state conference and expo this year on 12th October attracting 200 delegates from across the aged care and health sectors.  This year’s theme, Culturally Inclusive Quality Care at the End-of-Life, provided a platform for discussing areas such as advance care planning, palliative care and pastoral and spiritual care and promoting culturally inclusive initiatives across the aged care and health sectors.

The conference opened with a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Colin Hunter followed by keynote addresses from Sir James Gobbo AC, who spoke of his long-standing experiences advocating for accessible and equitable services for people from CALD backgrounds and his on-going work in the area of palliative care, and Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone from Deakin University, who presented findings from her research into cultural differences in end-of-Life decision making.

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Panel session speakers

Role of Faith and Spirituality Panel Presentation (above) from left: Imam Ismail Nazir, Father Luke Bell, Senior Venerable Thich Nguyen Tang, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, Paul Zammit