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Seniors, researchers eye new research agenda on ageing and cultural diversity

The roundtable on research into ageing and aged care for CALD seniors

The roundtable on research into ageing and aged care for CALD seniors

Work on a new strategic agenda to advance research on ageing and aged care for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) seniors is now underway, following a national roundtable at Parliament House yesterday.

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) roundtable brought together researchers, ethnic communities, aged care providers and policymakers.

Ensuring CALD people were at the centre of research was a vital component to the research agenda, the roundtable heard.

FECCA chair Joe Caputo said that participants identified collaboration across sectors, and inclusion from the grassroots, as key components to advancing research around ageing and aged care for CALD seniors.

Translating research into policy and practice was highlighted as another crucial aspect, including looking at international comparisons and how they could influence Australian practice.

NARI director Dr Briony Dow said that research should be representative of the population, and therefore should include people from CALD backgrounds. “This is not just a social equity issue, but an issue of scientific rigour,” she said.

The stakeholders agreed to start work on developing a strategic research agenda based on the gaps identified by a FECCA review of research and the discussion from the roundtable.

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