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Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM on the Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing congratulates Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM, who this year was added to The Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of her efforts to establish a more culturally-responsive health care system in Victoria.

The Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises the achievements and contributions of remarkable Victorian women who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their field of expertise, interest or endeavour. The Honour Roll includes 500 women since it was first established in 2001.

In addition to her work with the health system she has become active in the aged care sector. Currently she is a board member at Fronditha Care as she continues to advocate for cross-cultural considerations in service delivery.

Dr Kanitsaki’s achievement is truly inspirational. She arrived in Melbourne in 1961 as a non-English speaking migrant and later became Australia’s first Professor of Transcultural Nursing and Head of Department of Nursing and Midwifery at RMIT University.

In 2012 Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing launched the Dr Olga Kanitsaki Award for Individual Excellence at our national conference.

See the list of new inductees for Victorian Women's Women's Honour Roll for 2015.

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From left: Ljubica Petrov, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing, Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM and Urfi Mirza (winner of Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM Award for Individual Excellence)


Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, on whose land this website was developed. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their ancestors and elders, both past and present and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We hope our work contributes to the wider project of respect and recognition between cultures in Australia. Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing receives project funding from the Australian Department of Health to administer the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program in Victoria.


Did you know?

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36% of people aged 65 years and over in Australia were born overseas
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1 in 3 people in aged care services were born overseas
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In 2016 the median age of Australian-born people was 34 years compared to 59 years for Europe-born people