Addressing cultural diversity in leisure programs and daily recreational activities is essential to maintaining the quality of life of your care recipients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
A culturally appropriate activities program will help to bring joyful pleasure into the lives of your care recipients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as foster self-esteem and a sense of purpose and belonging.
- Consider the cultural, linguistic and religious needs and preferences of care recipients when planning and reviewing recreational activities, with input from their families and members of the local community.
- Foster links with local community organisations that share the culture, language and religion of care recipients.
- Facilitate community and family involvement in activities.
- Support care recipients to remain engaged with existing community networks.
- Integrate activities with local community events.
- Plan regular outings to places of significance to your care recipients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- Ask care recipients and/or their families which festivals and special days they would like to celebrate, and how they would like to observe these occasions.
- Acknowledge and observe cultural and religious days and festivals in an appropriate manner.
- Explore the availability of community volunteers to provide social visits in the preferred language of care recipients.
- Support care recipients' access to multicultural media (including radio, TV and newpapers) as desired (see below).
- Ensure that staff responsible for developing and implementing activities programs have been trained in cultural awareness and appropriate communication.
Additional Resources and Links
- Community Visitors' Scheme
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
The Community Visitors' Scheme is a national program that provides companionship to socially isolated people living in Australian Government-funded aged care facilities. Contact the Commonwealth Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 to find ethno-specific auspices in your service area.
- Seniors Card
Department of Planning and Human Development
The Seniors Card is a Victorian Government initiative in partnership with the private sector to encourage people who have retired or who are working part time to continue to engage with the community. Cardholders are able to obtain a wide range of discounted goods and services from participating businesses including travel, accommodation, hospitality, entertainment and leisure.
- The Companion Card
The Companion Card allows people with a profound disability, and who require on-going attendant care, to participate in community activities and events without discrimination. Companion Cards can be presented at participating organisations where cardholders will not be required to pay an admission fee for their companion who is providing attendant care.
- Culture-specific leisure activities can be found on the Cultural Awareness page (see the Quick Links section).
- Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates 2012
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Multicultural Aged Care Calendar 2012
The following links will assist you to provide access to newspapers, radio and television in the preferred language of your care recipient.
- Community Radio & TV Stations with Programs in Non-English Languages
National Ethnic & Multicultural Broadcasters' Council
Search for multicultural and multilingual community programs around Australia, as well as general community radio stations.
- Ethnic Media
Community Relations Commission
A list of ethnic newspapers, radio stations and television programs in NSW.
- Online Newspapers
A collection of links to some of Australia's multilingual newspapers compiled by MACSA including Arabic, Chinese, Jewish, Indian, Farsi, Croatian, Greek and Pakistani.
- SBS Radio Broadcasts in 68 languages
SBS now offers 24/7 live online streaming of all language programmes on SBS Radio 1 and 2, as well as live streaming of the two trial digital radio music stations SBS Chill and SBS PopAsia. Languages include: Greek, Croatian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Khmer, Polish, Hebrew, Yiddish, Macedonian, Greek, Vietnamese, Serbian, Somali.
*SBS has released a new mobile phone application called SBS Your Language, which gives listeners access to these programs on an iPhone®, iPad, iPod touch and Android.
- Melbourne Ethnic Community Radio (Internet Broadcasting Available)
Programs are available in the following languages: Arabic, Armenian, Assyrian, Austrian, Bosnian, Cambodian, Coptic, Croatian, Dutch, Egyptian, Filipino, Ghanian, Greek , Hakka, Harari, Hmong, Hungarian, Iraqi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Karen, Laotian, Latvian, Lebanese, Macedonian, Maltese, Mauritian, Oromo, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhala, Sudanese, Syrian, Tamil. Turkish, Cypriot Turkish, Vietnamese.
Use our National Resources Search for additional resources and links including resources developed under the Community Partners Program (CPP) and the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) Initiative.