Culturally diverse communities

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Palliative care information in community languages

Palliative Care Victoria pamphlet (and audio) Helping people with life-limiting illness live well

Palliative Care Victoria has four page pamphlet ‘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.

Health Translations Directory

The Health Translations Directory is an online resource developed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services 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.

Cultural guides for palliative care

Care of people from different faiths (video)

This 11-minute video from The Palliative Care Bridge, a project of the NSW based HammondCare Consortium (comprising HammondCare, Sacred Heart Health Service and Calvary health Care Sydney) discusses providing care for people from different faiths.

An Outline of Different Cultural Beliefs at the Time of Death

This 17 page resource produced by the Loddon Mallee Palliative Care Consortium in 2011 provides an overview of cultural and religious beliefs about dying and death for the following groups: Buddist, Catholic, Christian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon); Greek Orthodox; Hindu; Jehovah’s Witness; Jewish; Maori; Muslim (Islamic); Scientologist; Seventh Day Adventist; Sikh.

Palliative Care for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities

This 40 page document published by the Migrant Information Centre, Eastern Melbourne and Eastern Palliative Care in 2009 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.

Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines

Published by Palliative Care Australia in 1999 this 54 page documents includes palliative care practice information on topics such as: Communication of diagnosis/prognosis; Attitudes to pain relief; Community attitude towards euthanasia; Taboo words; Handling of the the body; Burial. Language groups covered include: Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croation, Greek, Hinidi, Italian, Japanese, Cambodian, Korean, Macedonian, Maltese, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese. The document can be downloaded from the Palliative Care Australia website.

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing website – Palliative care

This page within the practice guides section of the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing website provides information for service providers regarding culturally sensitive palliative care, with links to more general information about cultural awareness, communication, spiritual support and other topics.

Caresearch – Religious and cultural considerations page

This page of the Caresearch website provides information and resources for service providers, on religious and cultural considerations when providing care.

Cultural guides for bereavement

Bereavement Support Across Cultures

This 56 page document for health professionals was published by Calvary Health Care in 2012. It is in four sections: Cultural competence; Grief and bereavement; Spirituality and religion; Summary and key resources.

Cultural guides for advance care planning

ACP Talk website for sensitive religious and cultural advance care planning

This ACD Talk website of Cabrini Health provides informational support for health professionals conducting advance care planning with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. It aims to support conversations sensitive to the religious and cultural values and beliefs of all Australians.


Other cultural awareness/sensitivity/competence/safety guides (not palliative care specific)

Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health cultural competency tip sheets

The Knowledge Hub section of the website of the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH) includes eight tip sheets on cultural competence in the health sector covering: A framework for cultural competence; Cultural competence in communication; Cultural competence in governance; Cultural competence in organisational infrastructure; Cultural competence in planning, monitoring and evaluation; Cultural competence in services and interventions; Cultural competence in staff development; Cultural competence in organisational values. There are also links to resources on how to better communicate in English with clients whose English skills may be limited and a Cultural Competence Organisational Review (CORe) tool. CEH also offers a cultural consultancy service.

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing website – Cultural Awareness

This page within the practice guides section of the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing website provides information for service providers regarding cultural awareness. The page also provides a ‘Quick Links’ box with links to information about specific cultures published by other organisations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultural safety

Consortium website Resources section on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples journeys

See our separate section, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s journeys, in the Resources section of this website. It includes information about cultural safety in providing palliative care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual (LGBTI) inclusive practice

Consortium website Resources section on LGBTI inclusive practice

See our separate section, LGBTI inclusive practice in the Resources section of this website. It includes information on LGBTI inclusive practice for palliative care.