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Support for Carers who are Multicultural

We recognise that carers from diverse cultures and backgrounds often experience additional challenges in their caring role.


We understand that sometimes it may be hard for you to get support because of:

If you are a carer from a diverse cultural background and would like assistance in accessing supports and services, please contact us for a confidential conversation on how we can assist.

Translating and Interpreting Service

If you need an interpreter, please call the National Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and TIS will contact us whilst on the phone with you so we can have a three-way conversation.

‘Am I a carer?’ video in other languages

If English is not your first language, the Carers Gateway website has some helpful video resources in the following five other languages.

Helping You To Take a Break

We can help you to take a break from your caring role by organising respite. Respite is when another person takes over your caring responsibilities temporarily, so that you can have a break. Respite is very important to help you recharge your batteries and care for your own health and well-being.

Respite means different things to different people and it can occur in different places. It can vary from a couple of hours, to a few days or weeks. The services we provide to enable you to take a break include:

  • In-home help provided by a support worker.
  • Assistance with special equipment
  • ‘Residential respite’ where the person you care for has a short stay at an aged-care home.
  • Cottage respite,’ which offers an intimate home-like setting with tailored activities available for day and/or overnight stays..
  • Recreation and education-based activities.

Read more about Assisting You To Take a Break

Multicultural Carers Groups

Italian Carers Support Group
This group meets on the first Friday of each month and alternates between venues in Woden and Belconnen. The group has regular guest speakers and is supported by bilingual coordinators. If you’re interested in joining this group or just wish to find out more information, email us at RSVP@carersact.org.au or call 6296 9975 during business hours.

Indian Carers Support Group
This group meets on the second Thursday of the month alternating between the Carers ACT office in Holt and the Burns Club in Tuggeranong.

The group is coordinated by Jyoti Jalota who can be contacted at jalota@yahoo.com or on 6251 6053.

Spanish Support Group
This group meets weekly and is open to all members of the Spanish speaking community. The group has grown from a carer support group but still includes people who have been carers for some time and actively supports carers.

Call 6296 9975 or email RSVP@carersact.org.au

Hungarian Carers Support Group
The Hungarian Carers Support group meet for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month in North Canberra.  Call 6296 9975 or email RSVP@carersact.org.au


Counselling

If you would prefer to talk to someone one-on-one about the challenges or issues you have with caring, you may find it helpful to talk to our qualified counsellors who can provide you with professional face-to-face or telephone counselling. Ring 1800 242 636 between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.

 

Amharic Arabic (العربية) Croatian Dinka (Thuͻŋjaŋ)
Hindi (हिन्दी) Macedonian (Македонски) Mandarin (简体中文) Serbian (Српски)
Somali  (Soomaali) Tagalog Vietnamese (Việt ngữ)

 


Information about the NDIS

Please click on the below link for information about the NDIS in languages other than English.

Two fact sheets on disability and the NDIS by Amparo Advocacy, QLD are available for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people in many languages.

 


Other Resources

National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is the national peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people living with disability, their families and carers, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).

Carers Gateway | Resources for carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

My Aged Care can help you access aged care information in your language.

Positive Parenting Translated resources on supporting a child with diverse learning needs and their family. The resources could be useful for families, schools or any services that are supporting children and families from diverse backgrounds.

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