Sydney Inner West Multicultural Dementia Campaign is a finalist for the Premier’s Multicultural Communication Awards – AFL NSW/ACT Community Campaign of the Year
Community and Cultural Connections Inc, was proud to be a finalist for the AFL NSW/ACT Community Campaign of the Year, for the 2019 Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards. Our collaborative Sydney Inner West Multicultural Dementia Campaign, which was delivered in partnership with Inner West Council, Inner West Sector Support Development Officer, Sydney Local Health District, Canterbury-Bankstown City Council & Inner West Multicultural Access Project along with 16 other local organisations, has been recognised for its unique, collaborative and participatory approach.
With the support of a small grant from the Dementia Friendly Communities Program of Dementia Australia, and Canterbury-Bankstown City Council, Canterbury League Club, Inner West Area Sector Support Development Officer, Inner West Council and Inner West Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre the project aimed to provide information on dementia to five targeted cultural and language communities in Inner West Sydney Region: Chinese, Greek, Italian, Korean and Vietnamese.
Consultation among over one hundred of community members and care workers indicated a strong need for culturally specific information to be available for the community.
“Across the different communities people consistently said they wanted information, they wanted it delivered in the community language as well as English, and they wanted General Practitioners and families to have access to the information so support could be put in place,” said Vi.
“Sadly, we also found fear of dementia, and stigma attached to a diagnosis, was also consistent across the five community groups.”
The consultation process informed the development of a Dementia Referral Brochure, which was made available in each of the five languages as well as English.
Five community forum events were held during Dementia Awareness Month in September 2019, in which approximately 700 local seniors and carers attended to engage with each other and share their stories. The forums provided an opportunity to hear from support services and dementia experts, and access information in their own community language. Participants were also treated to fun activities and cultural performances.
The forums were a huge success. The majority of participants found the information useful and easy to understand.
“This helped me to understand my illness better”
“The information is very useful and necessary”
Participants also thoroughly enjoyed the experience and expressed the need for more information and engagement.
“Hope to have more events like this in the future”
CCCi would like to thank Dementia Australia, our organisational partners, dedicated staff, volunteers and community participants for contributing to the success of this project. See below for a full list of our partners.
Sydney Inner West Multicultural Dementia Campaign was administrated by Community and Cultural Connection Inc, Inner West Area Sector Support Development Officer, Inner West Council and Sydney Local Health District.
The project was delivered in partnership with: Asian Women at Work Inc, Australian Korean Welfare Association, Australian Nursing Home Foundation, Canterbury-Bankstown City Council, CASS Group, Centrelink, Co.As.It., Ethnic Community Council NSW, Ethnic Community Services Co-operative, GWC Community Services, Hepatitis NSW, Inner West CHSP/CCSP Home and Community Podiatry Service, Inner West Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre, Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre, Multicultural Health Service of Diversity Programs & Strategy Hub, Population Health, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney Community Forum, and Vietnamese-Marrickville Seniors Association.