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Celebrating Culture With Seniors In A Multicultural Australia

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Dear Colleagues


We are delighted to invite you to enjoy Kavisha’s performance that uses traditional folk songs to celebrate and engage aaCulturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) seniors.


For a nominal fee of $10 ($5 for members), you can enjoy a continental breakfast as you listen to Kavisha’s amazing voice and stories, register here. Go to The Joys of the Women (1993) clip 1 on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online for some clips from a documentary on “Le Gioie Delle Donne”.

Speakers at the Seminar on: Language services on better care of migrant seniors

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The WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019

Promoting Understanding for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) People

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Seminar Panellists

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Fatih Karakas

All Graduates

Fatih Karakas is the Head of Training at All Graduates. He also teaches Translation and Interpreting at RMIT University. Fatih is particularly interested in teaching T&I with a focus on providing non-language specific training via online Learning Management Systems. He is also a NAATI certified Turkish Interpreter and Translator.

On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 came into effect in Victoria. Fatih Karakas will present on the experiences of Victorian Interpreters in VAD settings since the introduction of the act, analysing how practitioners have been involved, how their involvement affected them and what kind of support they received pre and post assignment.

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Sabena Lund

Palliative Care WA

Sabena Lund is Community Education and Projects Officer with Palliative Care WA. Trained as a counselling psychologist, Sabena is passionate about supporting people to live as well as they can, and to have a say in their care at the last stage of life.

This Presentation will cover the role of palliative care in helping someone who has an active, progressive, advancing illness to manage their symptoms and to have as much quality of life as possible. It will also cover the importance of planning for future care.

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Haydn Rigby

ECU - School of Business and Law

Haydn was admitted to legal practice in WA in 1988 and has divided his time between practicing law and academic. Haydn has practiced in almost all areas of law including wills, probate and guardian issues. he is currently a full time lecturer at ECU's School of Business and Law.

Haydn will give a brief overview of the VAD legal framework before addressing some of the legal challenges that may arise for Interpreters and Translators within that framework. These include legal compliance and reporting requirements generally as well as, more specifically, how translators may effectively convey legal concepts when explaining the VAD process to persons whose cultures do not easily embrace western legal thinking.

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Dr. Simon Towler

WA Department of Health

Simon is a staff specialist in intensive care and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care, Department of Health. In this role, Simon is involved in the implementation of key commitments made by the WA Government including the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 and recommendations regarding advance health directives and advance care planning.

Simon will provide an introduction to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019, including patient eligibility criteria, discussing the topic of voluntary assisted dying and an overview of the process to access voluntary assisted dying. The presentation will also provide an overview of where health professionals and individuals can go for more information and support.

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Mary Gurgone

Association for Culturally Appropriate Services (AfCAS)

Mary Gurgone, Director of the Centre for Capability and Culture, has extensive experience in the Government, private sector and community. As Director of the WA Partners In Culturally Appropriate Care(2016-2020), she supported ethnic care providers and their communities to form the Association for Culturally Appropriate Services. She was appointed to the NAATI Board in November 2014. She is a founding member, Fellow and former National President of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators. 

As a long-term carer, she developed practical national, State and local programs for service providers with culturally and linguistically diverse(CALD) clients. 
Mary will focus CALD community perspectives in in WA, taking into account family carers’ experiences and the multicultural and multilingual nature of WA families.

Seminar Recording and Slides

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Come to the Migrant Aged Care Jobs Forum for Graduates (Across Disciplines) to network and hear from senior staff from four aged care providers, specifically Juniper, MYVISTA, Chung Wah Community Aged Care and Umbrella.

The forum involving the four organisations will include:

- The CEO or senior representative of each organisation providing an overview of key culturally appropriate services provided in their organisations and the kinds of jobs that are in demand in the foreseeable future in their organisations.

- An employee of each organisation with diverse qualifications providing an overview of how they obtained their job in the organisation and the job-satisfaction and challenges of working in aged care.

- Question and answer sessions with the presenters.

- Personal discussions with the presenters and other aged care representatives.

- A chance to grow your network and gain exposure to potential job opportunities.

Refreshments will be provided.


2020 Research Forum on Ageing
Social Ageing and Care Workforce: Opportunity, Diversity and Training

Thursday 17th December, 9:15-3:30, UWA IQX venue, Broadway, Nedlands

You are invited to the 2020 Research Forum on Ageing. The morning panel features the latest research on the importance of Arts, Music and Active Engagement to ageing well. The afternoon panel features ageing and aged care workforce issues, including a workshop on continuing education for career progression for the aged care sector and beyond. Hosted by the UWA Social Care and Ageing (SAGE) Living Lab, in collaboration with LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network; Association for Culturally Appropriate Servies(AfCAS); MYVISTA - Retirement and Aged Care Living; North Metropolitan TAFE; and the UWA Public Policy Institute.

The first panel is offered in a 'blended' conference format for both in-person participants and Zoom webinar attendees. 


Get a copy of the Webinar on “Aged Care Services & COVID-19

responses in Japan and Australia” by registering at

October 12th, 2019 - Migration, Ageing and Digital Kinning

September 13th, 2019 - International Practices in Aged Care

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