In Season 3 Episode 7 of the Conversations Podcast, Fatih chats with Mary Gurgone, Vice Chair of AfCAS about the organisation and their future plans and events.
Association for Culturally Appropriate Services (AfCAS) is a not for profit organisation based in Western Australia with a focus to enhance the quality and viability of CALD specific aged care service providers to better support CALD communities and seniors in the increasingly competitive market. AfCAS actively fosters and supports organisations to provide culturally appropriate services for the CALD population regardless of geographic location or diversity of needs.
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We are pleased to announce that our Deputy Chair, Mary Gurgone, was involved with Professor Mike Kent, in launching the Moving Pictures Resources to raise dementia awareness in Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The resources resulted from a collaborative project led by the National Ageing Research Institute and Curtin University co-produced with people from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse backgrounds (Italian, Greek, Vietnamese, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, Cantonese, Mandarin and Arabic-speaking communities).
These short films cover the signs and symptoms of dementia, navigating care, and the carer’s journey. The films feature the stories and lived experiences of carers of people living with dementia, and the expert views of key service providers. Look at the resources for yourselves at Moving Pictures welcome.
Language Services for Better Care of Migrant Seniors
Disability Royal Commission-Adding Multicultural Perspectives
“The COIVD-19 pandemic context has highlighted the social support and services needed by everyone, including older adults, to stay happy and healthy in our lives. During this period, researchers at Edith Cowan University talked with older adults about how they coped during the pandemic, and met with service providers to find out how they have been able to take care of isolated and vulnerable adults in the community under pressure. We would love to share the key findings of these conversations with you in two posters.
Coping during social isolation shows the ways that older adults have been resilient during COVID-19, as well as acknowledging the difficulties faced. Delivering care during social isolation offers practical tips for organisations to put into practice. If you find this information helpful, we warmly invite you to share it further amongst your own networks; or for any further information about the research project, please contact:
Mary Gurgone by email at email@example.com OR by phone at +61 (0)413 619 748.”
New Dementia Toolkit supports end of life care for people living with dementia and their families
With more than 50% of people in permanent residential aged care living with dementia, the ELDAC Dementia Toolkit supports aged care nurses and staff in delivering end of life care for older people living with dementia and their families.
The toolkit is designed for health professionals and aged care staff and is a free online resource that is user-friendly, evidence-based, and developed by aged care experts. The Dementia Toolkit has information, tools, and downloadable resources to use across care settings and where to access the latest education.
More ELDAC Toolkits and Resources
ELDAC Toolkits are a collection of free and evidence-based information, resources and tools. They are developed by experts from a range of practice settings and topics:
Primary Care Toolkit
Home Care Toolkit
Residential Aged Care Toolkit
End of Life Law Toolkit
Allied Health Toolkit
Managing Risk Toolkit
Toolkit Educational Videos
Looking for more resources for aged care nurses and health professionals about palliative care and care at the end of life?
Those of us with lived experience as carers know the pain of having our much loved seniors who have done so much for us being discounted because they are old, have ementia and even more so if their language, culture or ethnicity are not considered mainstream ones. These tools may be helpful.
Webinars at CALDWays Webinars - MCCI
Understanding the Multicultural Perspective of Advance Care Planning
Rebecca Taylor and Gail Jugow
Date: April 27, 2023
In partnership with Advance Care Planning Australia, this live session explains what Advance Care planning is, our understanding of culture, and discussions around care should you no longer be able to speak for yourself.
Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of CALD People in Aged Care
Date: April 19, 2023
This pre-recorded session with Mental Health and Wellbeing Project Officer Claude Muco provides the participant with information on how to support CALD people who may be experiencing mental health concerns due to settlement/trauma. This will include why CALD people don’t seek out services, and culturally safe language and practical guides on how to connect and refer to appropriate services.
Exercise for Dementia Prevention and Care
Date: April 5, 2023
In this pre-recorded session, Accredited Exercise Physiologist Kylie Franklin discusses the importance of exercise for dementia prevention and care.
The Specialisation Verification Framework
Date: March 23, 2023
In this live session, Glen Sorensen discusses the Specialisation Verification Framework that sets out the criteria by which aged care providers can apply for specialisation verification.
Dementia Care: Nutrition
Date: March 22, 2023
In this pre-recorded session, MCCI Accredited Practising Dietitian Heba Hassanin shares tips on how older CALD people in a home care setting can include culturally appropriate foods that will help improve health and quality of life.
The Aged Care Diversity Framework: LGBTQIA+ Perspective
Date: March 17, 2023
The Australian Government’s goal is to ensure that respectful, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services are accessible to all older people regardless of their background or life experiences.
In this pre-recorded session, Lee Caldwell discusses how to better address the needs of LGBTQIA+ elderly people.
Aged Care Standards
Date: March 14, 2023
In this pre-recorded session, Danijela Hlis, a member of many organisations, including the Council of Elders, discusses the new Aged Care Standards.
Dementia Care - Caring for the Carers
Date: March 13, 2023
In this pre-recorded session, Anica Petkovski discusses the importance of looking after CALD carers and understanding the unique challenges they face.
Supporting Elderly CALD LGBTQIA+ Consumers
Date: March 6, 2023
What is important for our CALD LGBTQIA+ consumers in aged care. In this pre-recorded session, Anthony Scerri gives some practical ideas to help aged care providers in supporting CALD LGBTQIA+ consumers.
The Aged Care Diversity Framework - CALD Perspectives
Sarah Wilson and Gail Jugow
Date: March 1, 2023
The Australian Government’s goal is to ensure respectful, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services are accessible to all older people living in Australia regardless of their background or life experiences.
In this pre-recorded session, Training and Education Coordinator Gail Jugow discusses with MCCI Executive Operations Manager Sarah Wilson how to better address the needs of older people from CALD backgrounds.
Dementia Care: CALD Client Behaviour Strategies
Patricia Laranjeira - Senior Project Coordinator, Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra
Date: February 17, 2023
In this pre-recorded session, Patricia Laranjeira shares some tips and strategies for caring for people with dementia from CALD backgrounds.