Ageing and cultural diversity: policy and practice issues

Warburton, Jeni, Bartlett, Helen and Rao, Visala (2009) Ageing and cultural diversity: policy and practice issues. Australian Social Work, 62 2: 168-185. doi:10.1080/03124070902748886

Author Warburton, Jeni
Bartlett, Helen
Rao, Visala
Title Ageing and cultural diversity: policy and practice issues
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/03124070902748886
Volume 62
Issue 2
Start page 168
End page 185
Total pages 18
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The proportion of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is projected to increase significantly over the next decade, with the composition shifting from a mainly European base to include new source countries from Asia and Africa. This growth and complexity provides a range of challenges for practitioners and policy makers working in this field. The present paper draws on a multimethod scoping study designed to explore these challenges and identify practice responses. Data from a review of current literature, as well as from key informer interviews and a symposium held in Queensland, are reported in this paper and their compatibility with broader national and international studies discussed and noted. Findings highlight the particular challenges associated with service provision, developing appropriate models of aged care, and addressing social isolation. Conclusions focus on the need for a more rigorous research agenda to highlight and evaluate effective practice solutions; the need for a strengths-based approach in working with these communities, recognising the contribution made by community leaders, volunteers, and others; and the need to work in partnership to achieve ageing-well outcomes.
Keyword Aged
Culturally appropriate practice and policy
Culturally sensitive social work
Diversity and ageing
Multicultural ageing
Service provision
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Australasian Centre on Ageing Publications
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