World Day for Cultural Diversity
Created: Monday, 13 May 2013 10:23
Each year, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is celebrated on May 21 and provides people with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.
In 2011, a grassroots campaign ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’, celebrating the annual World Day for Cultural Diversity was launched by UNESCO and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. The 2013 campaign, by encouraging people and organisations from around the world to take concrete action to support diversity, aims:
- To raise awareness worldwide about the importance of intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion.
- To build a world community of individuals committed to support diversity with real and every day-life gestures.
- To combat polarization and stereotypes to improve understanding and cooperation among people from different cultures.
The campaign works through a dedicated Facebook page, serving as a platform for people around the world to share their experiences through posts and videos.
To mark this day, the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing will host the inaugural Diversity in Ageing Leadership Initiative forum that aims to develop and nurture leading edge diversity practices across the aged care sector. The forum will feature a keynote presentation by Nareen Young, CEO of Diversity Council Australia and will be chaired by Sabine Phillips of Russell Kennedy Pty Ltd.
To sign up to the ‘Do One Thing For Diversity and Inclusion’ Facebook page and join the discussion, click here.
Ageing in Australia Expo interview on SBS Serbian Radio
Created: Monday, 22 April 2013 15:55
Ljubica Petrov from the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing, spoke to SBS Serbian radio about the Ageing in Australia: Cultural Diversity in Aged Care Expo this morning.
The Ageing in Australia: Cultural Diversity in Aged Care Expo will be held at Melbourne Town Hall on the 27th April and is an opportunity for the public learn about aged care services.
The free public event is ideal for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who will be able to speak with service providers, receive free advice and collect multilingual information aimed at helping you navigate the aged care system. Interpreters will be available to assist with communication on request.
To listen to the interview (in Sebian) visit the SBS Serbian website. To learn more about the Ageing in Australia Expo click here.
New SBS Radio Schedule in Six New Languages
Created: Monday, 15 April 2013 14:06
SBS will launch a new analogue and digital radio schedule on-air from 6am on Monday 29 April, 2013.
The total number of language programs on the new SBS Radio Schedule will increase from 68 to 74 language programs from 29th April 2013.
The new SBS Radio Schedule includes six new languages, more programming for language groups which have grown significantly during the past 18 years and a new digital-only schedule for 21 languages.
For the first time SBS will deliver news and information in Malayalam, Dinka, Hmong, Pashto, Swahili and Tigrinya. The program hours for many of SBS’s existing language programs such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi and Punjabi will increase substantially to cater for the growing number of people speaking those languages in Australia today.
SBS will continue to be the most multilingual radio broadcaster in the world.
Happy Ageing for CALD Australians - Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care 2013 Forum
Created: Tuesday, 09 April 2013 10:09
“Raising Awareness of the Cultural Needs of CALD residents and clients”
Diversicare and Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) will be holding a one-day forum to support service providers, researchers and practitioners to improve inclusion of cultural issues in research and work practice into ageing and related services.
Speakers will deliver presentations on a variety of contemporary topics that are relevant for all aged care service providers. Please note, delegates based outside the South East Queensland area may be eligible for Travel & Accommodation Subsidy.
The forum will be held on the 17th May, 2012 at Rydges South Bank in Brisbane from 9:00am-4:30pm. This event is free of charge, although registration is essential and must be received by Monday 29 April 2013
Keynote speakers include:
- Pino Migliorino, Chairperson, FECC
- Dr Sally Cockburn, GP/ Health Advocate
- Goetz Ottmann (PhD)
- Jaklina Michael, RDNS
- Ljubica Petrov, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing, and more.
For further information please click here.
2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land
Created: Monday, 08 April 2013 15:35
The 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land is an initiative of the Flinders University Modern Greek Section. It will be held It will be held at Flinders University in Adelaide on 27-30th June 2013,
The inter-disciplinary conference will explore the theme of ageing, enabling discussion on the reality of ageing within the migrant diaspora. Ageing in a Foreign Land will address the needs of the migrant diaspora with regard to ageing and health, service provision, language and cultural identity, issues of Greek and other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in Australia and overseas. This conference is targeted at academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and aged care providers.
Click here for more information
Shared Connections - Connecting Older People to their Community
Created: Monday, 08 April 2013 14:14
Benetas is launching a volunteer project called Shared Connections, which aims to enable older people who are, or are at risk of becoming, socially isolated to participate within their local community. The six month research project is based in the Moreland and Darebin areas. Volunteer mentors will assist older people to join facilitated groups and community based activities of their choice (e.g. arts and crafts, cooking , exercise groups).
Over time, as participants build confidence, mentors will withdraw their support enabling the individual to participate independently. The project aims to improve physical, mental and social health of participants, resulting in an overall reduction of social isolation.
This is a great opportunity to participate in an innovative research project that needs the support of our community. Benetas is looking for volunteer mentors in Melbourne.
If you would like more information, contact Steve Power at Benetas on email:
or phone: 03 8823 7932.
Engaging CALD Communities Online Forum: Invitation to Participate
Created: Monday, 08 April 2013 10:14
Are you working in the area of mental health providing services or support to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds?
beyondblue and MHiMA are pleased to invite you to participate in an online forum which will take place from April 10th - 30th 2013. This forum has been developed as a space to explore issues related to engaging people from CALD backgrounds to reduce the impact of mental health issues. The forum will also provide opportunities for information sharing and collective learning across a range of disciplines, workplace settings and locations within Australia.
As an online forum member, you will be invited to participate in various topics relevant to engaging people from CALD backgrounds in the area of mental health. Questions will be posted and you can also add your own forum topics. Your experiences, ideas and suggestions of how to best engage people from CALD backgrounds will be useful to inform future practice for people working in mental health. It is hoped that the collective wisdom and experiences of forum members will contribute to improving the wellbeing of people from CALD backgrounds who are affected by mental health issues.
To register your interest and become a member of this online forum, please click on the 'Forum Registration' box on the MHiMA homepage at: www.mhima.org.au. If you have any queries, please contact Amy Baker:
or (08) 8302 2643.
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