Care Planning – First Nations

It is estimated that between 25 and 30% (roughly 500,000) of all Australian carers are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Culture impacts on all aspects of a person’s life and each CALD community, and each person within the community, is different so it is important to not stereotype.

When providing support to someone from a CALD background consider:

  • differences in expectations about family involvement in decision making
  • any impact of gender from their cultural perspective
  • the significant impact that stigma, discrimination and trauma may have on their life
  • being patient when communicating and asking when unsure about something
  • some people will prefer a worker who speaks their language and understands their culture, while others will prefer someone from outside their community

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) carers do not always identify as carers even though they make up a large proportion of the hidden carer population.

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