Purpose of the project, including the intended aims:
Australia is going through a major demographic shift. Decreasing birth-rates and increasing ethnic diversity is going to result in a significant increase in the number of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) older Australian. In fact by 2011, one in five people aged 80 or over will be from a CALD background, increasing to one in four by 2026. It is well known that the incidence of dementia increases as we age, and dementia is becoming a major issue for local communities and service providers.
We have seen growing number of immigrants from Asia dominated by India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, together known as the ‘Indian Sub-Continent’. The 2001 Australian census recorded more than 100,000 persons from Indian Subcontinent. Western Australia contains the highest proportion of overseas born population. Older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) back ground constitute a significant proportion of the older Australian population, as the first generation ages, there will be a rapid increase in the proportion of people with dementia from non-English-speaking background.
Caring of culturally and linguistically population posses many different challenges and much more work needs to be done to ensure that CALD population can access the appropriate care. People from CALD backgrounds face many difficulties in accessing services including;
lack of knowledge of the service systems,
lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services,
lack of culturally appropriate assessment
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