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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.

Health Equity 

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 OR by phone at +61 (0)413 619 748.”

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COVID 19 and Reference Group

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


Linkages 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.

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

Claude Muco

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

Kylie Franklin

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

Glen Sorensen

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

Heba Hassanin

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

Lee Caldwell

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

Danijela Hlis

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

Anica Petkovski

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

Anthony Scerri

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.

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