Ageing in Australia Expo 2015
The Ageing in Australia Expo 2015 was held on Saturday 2nd May at the Melbourne Town Hall - the free public event was a huge success, with over 50 exhibitors connecting with 700 people from all over Victoria. The Ageing in Australia Expo was hosted by the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing and was the third event of its kind, with the first Expo taking place in 2011.
The Expo attracted a record number of people and facilitated great engagement from of both service providers and the public.
The Expo provided a great opportunity for older people and their families to find out about the range of services available to them. People were able to ask questions of aged care providers, government departments, ethnic community organisations, health services and more. Interpreters and bilingual staff assisted with communication of many languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Croatian, Polish, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek and Serbian. Exhibitors praised the interpreters, many commenting that they were a great resource, and provided opportunities for meaningful and informative conversations. Many of the exhibitors also provided printed information in languages other than English.
Exhibitors were also provided with a great networking opportunity, to exchange information and ideas and stay in touch for future collaborations.
Feedback from organisations involved in the Expo was overwhelmingly positive and emphasised the great opportunity provided to directly connect with members of the public from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Many stated that it was great to be able to connect with people and communities that they would otherwise find difficult to reach. One exhibitor said it was “wonderful to have reached so many from diverse communities in such a short time”.
An extensive promotional campaign ensured that details of the Expo reached as many people as possible. In-language SBS Radio advertisements, 3AW community service announcements and newspaper adverts were among the strategies used to reach many different communities in Victoria. Promotional flyers were translated into 13 languages and distributed widely throughout our extensive networks.
The fantastic response from community members highlighted the critical need for health and aged care information in languages other than English.
We would like to thank our sponsors who made the event possible – City of Melbourne, Polaron Language Services, Department of Health Victoria, Benetas and the Department of Social Services.
A diverse and exciting range of organisations are participating in the Expo. The following organisations are exhibiting at the Ageing in Australia Expo:
|Alzheimer's Australia||Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia (FECCA)|
|Ambulance Victoria||Fronditha Care|
|Arcare Aged Care||Heart Foundation Walking|
|Arthritis and Osteoperosis Victoria||Independent Living Centre - Yooralla|
|Assisi Centre Aged Care||Macedonian Community Welfare Association|
|Asthma Foundation of Victoria||Melbourne Fire and Emergency Services Board|
|Australian Croatian Community Services (ACCS)||Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong|
|Australian Greek Welfare Society||National Seniors Australia|
|Australian Hearing||North Richmond Community Health|
|Australian Red Cross||Office of the Health Services Commissioner /
Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
|Australian Unity Retirement Living||Opal Aged Care|
|Australian Vietnamese Women's Association||
Palliative Care Victoria
|Australian-German Welfare Society||PFG Financial Services|
|Benetas (sponsor)||Polaron Language Services (sponsor)|
|Calvary Community Care||Polish Community Council of Victoria - Care Services|
|Centrelink - DHS||Regis Aged Care|
|Chinese Community Social Services||Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS)|
|Co.As.It and Italian Services Institute||SAI Home and Community Care|
|Continence Foundation of Australia||Spanish Latin American Welfare Centre (United)|
|COTA Victoria||Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre|
|Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS)||U3A Network Victoria|
|Diabetes Australia – Vic||Villa Maria|
|Eastern Palliative Care Association||Vision Australia|
|Ethnic Communities' Council Victoria (ECCV)||Webstercare|
Information in languages other than English
Translated materials were provided at the Expo and interpreters assisted with communication to ensure participants received the advice they need in their language.
Ageing in Australia Expo 2015 flyer is available for download in the following languages: Arabic I Chinese (Simplified) I Chinese (Traditional) I Croatian I English I Greek I Hindi I Italian I Macedonian I Polish I Russian I Serbian I Turkish I Vietnamese
The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing appreciates the support of our event partners.
Australian Government Department of Social Services under the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Aged Care Program.
Now in its third year, the Ageing in Australia Expo continues to grow exponentially in organisational participation and public involvement. Find out more about our previous Expo's: