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"Communicating with senior Australians of diverse backgrounds – this is HOW you do it!"

Danyel Walker from the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing has written a guest blog entry on the Polaron Language Services blog 'Miss Translation'. Her article 'Communicating with senior Australians of diverse backgrounds – this is HOW you do it!" talks about her experiences organising the 2011 Ageing in Australia: Cultural Diversity in Ageing Expo.

"Information about the aged care system in Australia and the services that are available can be difficult to obtain and complex to understand for many older Australians. Understanding the aged care sector is made even more challenging for those who speak a language other than English.

Recognising this, the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing set out to create an event that brought the services directly to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are starting to think about the years ahead as they age.

The Ageing in Australia: Cultural Diversity in Aged Care Expo was the result. It was held at the Melbourne Town Hall in November 2011, with over 30 exhibitors speaking to members of the public. With free entry, the Expo provided an opportunity for people to ask those questions they they’ve always wanted to know through interpreters provided by Polaron and to find out about services they simply didn’t know were available to them."

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Acknowledgements

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.

 

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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