Multi-language Dementia Support

Filed under News, Sport & Recreation ~ by Press on  22 Feb 2019

More than 430,000 Australians live with dementia. That number will exceed one million by 2050.

Limited awareness of dementia in people from diverse backgrounds – especially non-English speaking – often means delayed diagnosis, poorer prognosis, and a higher burden of care on families and health systems.

Early diagnosis is the most important factor in slowing dementia’s progress.

Moving Pictures has made 15 short films in five languages – Tamil, Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Arabic – to reach as many people as possible.

For each language, there are three films: Detection and Diagnosis, Care of sufferers, and for Carers themselves.

The films are based on the stories and experiences of carers of people living with dementia, and the expert views of professionals. They are complemented by dementia awareness comic strips featuring the five language groups.

Researchers from the National Ageing Research Institute and Curtin University worked together to recruit and interview 57 carers and 19 service providers across Australia, to develop the films, an information pamphlet as and the Moving Pictures website.

The initiative has been funded through the Federal Government’s Department of Health’s Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation grants.

Advisers include Dementia Australia, the Federation of the Indian Association of Victoria, the South Western Sydney Local Health District, and the Australian Arab Association and various CALD (“culturally and linguistically diverse”) communities, health and community services, aged care services and other relevant organisations.

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