Multicultural Resources and Links

This page provides links to a range of multicultural resources including specific information to support the provision of palliative care to patients, families and carers from diverse communities.

It is regularly updated by the Consortium Team to ensure the information remains current.

Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS)

Australian Multicultural Community Services (AMCS) focuses on supporting ethnic seniors with practical assistance, care and support so they can continue living in their own home. click here for more information.

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing provides expertise in culturally inclusive policy and practices for the aged services sector. Its website includes a Diversity Training Series comprising 8 webinars for staff and leaders in aged care services. Click here for more information.

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

Provides cultural competence training to healthcare professionals and has amassed a library of resources on multiculturalism and health and has expertise in health and well-being, human rights, cultural competence and health literacy. Click here.

The Centre publishes monthly newsletters that assist in providing information to improve the health and well being of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds through training for service providers, cultural consultancy and resources. Click here for newsletters.

The Centre also has access to cultural competence and health literacy webinar recordings and related resources which are uploaded every two weeks.

Click here to register your membership that will ensure you receive regular notification of new webinars.

Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria

Ethnic communities’ Council of Victoria provides valuable expertise, linkages, information, policies and projects and has partnered with Palliative Care Victoria to improve equity of access to high quality culturally responsive palliative care services across Victoria. Click here for more information.

Diverse populations and palliative care 

When it comes to processing and coping with death, different groups may have varying needs and concerns. Quality palliative care considers the cultural and spiritual needs of different groups. The CareSearch Community Centre Diversity Hub has resources to help health professionals provide appropriate care and support for their clients.

Health Translations Directory

Health translations Directory is an online resource developed by the Victorian Department of Health and managed by the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health.  The directory contains links to PDF resources on different health topics, provided in English and other languages. The information is sourced from a variety of national health services. Search “palliative care” to find resources on advance care planning, starting conversations about palliative care, what to expect in the last stages of life and others. The site also provides links to podcasts providing information about palliative care in multiple languages. Click here for the links.

Calvary Health Care – Cross Cultural Bereavement Support

Published by Calvary Health Care, this guide includes information on: Cultural competence; Grief and bereavement; Spirituality and religion. Click here to read more.

CareSearch Blog: Palliative Perspectives: Building culturally compassionate communities in Northern Adelaide

Many Australians born overseas and/or do not have English as their first language often experience communication barriers and distrust services due to racism and cultural stereotyping. Availability of culturally-appropriate palliative care resources are often lacking, and as we have discovered, the word ‘palliative care’ often does not exist outside of the English language. Palliative care as a concept and/or service is not always easily translatable in different languages. This study brings together senior community members and is co-led by Mr Peter Laintoll (Lyell McEwin Volunteer Association) in collaboration with Mr Kamal Dahal, Member of the South Australian Bhutanese Association along with Professor Gregory Crawford, Northern Adelaide Palliative Care Service and The University of Adelaide, Associate Professor Ann Dadich of Western Sydney University and Dr Aileen Collier of University of Auckland and RePADD at Flinders University. Click here for more information.

Courageous conversations Podcasts – Supporting cultural and linguistic needs

CareSearch collaborated with Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia and Palliative Care South Australia to create podcasts that aim to promote understanding of palliative care and awareness of support services. The podcasts are in Cantonese, Croatian, Greek, Mandarin, Spanish, and Ukranian.English versions of the podcasts were also created for the wider community. Click on the link to listen.

CareSearch: Religious and cultural considerations page

Provides information and resources for service providers, on religious and cultural considerations when providing care. Click here for more information.

Palliative Care for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities

Published by the Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Melbourne and Eastern Palliative Care, this guide provides cultural profiles for six communities (Cambodian, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese) to assist in providing culturally sensitive palliative care for a person with a life-limiting illness and their carers, family and friends. It also includes an appendix listing the main languages spoken (and dialects and other languages) for 121 different countries. Click here for more information.

Palliative Care Victoria

Palliative Care Victoria resources include pamphlets on ‘Palliative Care: Helping people with life-limiting illness, live well’ available in 17 languages: Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Maltese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Yiddish. The information can be accessed in audio or written form. Click here for resources.

Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA)

The Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and forms part of the Palliative Care Education and Training Collaborative.  As a national palliative care project, this Collaborative takes a strategic approach to education and training of the health workforce and delivers programs for priority health care provider groups across primary, secondary and tertiary settings.  Information on the range of free workshops relating to the provision of culturally diverse palliative care can be found here. Workshops include:

  • Palliative approach to care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals’ workshop
  • Culturally-responsive palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples workshop
  • Culturally-responsive palliative care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds workshop

SBS – The Cultural Atlas Resource

The Cultural Atlas is a collaborative project between SBS, International Education Services (IES), and Multicultural NSW. Created in 2016 as a supplementary resource to the Cultural Competence Program (CCP), it aims to inform and educate the public in cross-cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviors and communications. The goal is to enhance social cohesion in Australia and improve outcomes for individuals and organisations operating in an increasingly culturally diverse society. Click here for resources.