A 15-part film series has been launched to improve awareness and early diagnosis of dementia among older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Moving Pictures series features short films based on the real life experiences of carers in CALD groups and communities.

It showcases what it is like to care for someone living with dementia and how they navigate through the aged care system.

The free series aims to support communities, families and carers to improve their communication and cut through the cultural challenges to assist the vulnerable people they care for.

The films are based on interviews with carers in ethnic communities in Perth (Chinese), Melbourne (Indian) and Sydney (Arabic).

The short films are available in Tamil, Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Arabic to ensure they can reach as many people as possible. All films are available with English subtitles.

The project was jointly developed by the National Ageing Research Institute and Curtin University in March 2018 with $563,000 in federal government funding from the Dementia and Aged Care Services research fund (read more here).

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said early awareness and diagnosis were key to giving people better treatment and improved quality of life.

Research is the best hope in delaying the onset dementia and towards improving the lives of people living with dementia and those involved in their care, he said.

View the Moving Pictures series here.

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  1. This is interesting… but I do wonder, how do you expect families or friends of these people from these CALD communities, who may have been born in Australia and only speak English, to understand and support the communities these are intended for?

  2. Many thanks for your comment and interest in Moving Pictures. We realize that this may be an issue in Australia’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and the films include subtitles in English and in-language as appropriate to overcome such linguistic barriers.


    The Moving Pictures team

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