Multicultural Information and Services

bigstock-Senior-man-in-kitchen-garden-p-39164245Dementia resources for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds:

Assessment, Diagnosis & Management

There are a number of local services and information resources that can assist people with dementia and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  • The first point of call is usually the General Practitioner. He or she may then refer to a specialist (geriatric or neurologist).
  • Access to interpreters is available via:
    • Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS): 131 450
    • ISLHD Health Care Interpreter Service: 4223 8540
    • Wollongong City Council Interpreter Services: 4227 7650

Carer Support

  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) – Multicultural Health Carer Support Groups are provided with an interpreter. Contact: 4221 6770
    • Greek
    • Italian
    • Portugese
  • Indochinese Carers Support Group: 4284 6862
  • Macedonian and Serbian Support Group: 4275 2266 (Macedonian Welfare Association)
  • CAPAH Multicultural Services (Spanish Carers Group): 4297 7546
  • Multicultural Dementia Carer Support Group and Care Worker (Cringila): 4276 4364
  • Multicultural Communities Council Illawarra (MCCI)
  • CatholicCare’s CALD Counselling, Support and Advocacy program: 4227 1122

Care Options

  • Aged Care Assessment: Southern Hospitals Network Access Referral Centre: 1300 792 755 (Interpreters available)
  • Multicultural Dementia Specific Day Care Services at Cringila, Warilla and Shoalhaven: 4229 7566
  • CAPAH Multicultural Services (Spanish Dementia Specific Day Care): 4297 7546
  • Dementia Behaviour Management and Advisory Service (DBMAS): 1800 699 799

Key Contacts

  • National Dementia Helpline:
    • 1800 100 500
  • Dementia Advisory Service:
    • Illawarra: 4296 6747
    • Shoalhaven: 4422 9583
  • Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS): 131 450
  • ISLHD Health Care Interpreter Service: 4223 8540
  • Wollongong City Council Interpreter Services: 4227 7650

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