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Dementia Education Online

Module 6: Dementia within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities



The number of people with dementia in Australia is expected to rise dramatically over the next thirty years. Within this group of people with dementia, many will come from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

A person’s understanding of and response to dementia, as well as their access to information and services, may be influenced by their cultural and language background. We need to be aware of a person’s cultural background and understand this as part of an overall person-centred approach rather than making assumptions based on stereotypes.

ALL health professionals need to have a clear conceptual understanding of how culture and language may impact on health outcomes, have good cross-cultural communication skills and have an ability to locate information and resources to assist them to provide the best care to people with dementia and their families from CALD backgrounds.


The aims of this learning module are to:

  • Raise awareness of how culture may impact on the experience of dementia within an overall person-centred approach
  • Present a set of principles for communicating effectively with people with dementia, their carers and family from CALD backgrounds
  • Provide an overview of culturally appropriate assessment, including screening for dementia
  • Introduce a range of resources that learners can use to increase their knowledge and skills in providing dementia care to people from CALD backgrounds.


By the end of this learning module you will have an awareness and understanding of the following:

  • Explain how a person’s cultural background may impact on their experience of  dementia
  • Identify the main issues that will help them communicate most effectively with people living with dementia and their families from CALD backgrounds
  • Describe how to make client assessment as culturally appropriate as possible
  • Explain how they can access further information and resources on topics related to dementia in CALD communities.

Content Focus Area

This learning module is built around four content focus areas:

  1. The Prevalence of Dementia in CALD Communities
  2. Introduction to Cross-cultural Communication
  3. How Culture may Impact on the Dementia Experience
  4. Key Principles in Culturally Appropriate Assessment, Including Screening for Dementia
  5. Learning About and Accessing CALD Information and Resources Relevant to Your Local Community.

How to Complete this Module

To complete this learning module, work through the activities associated with the five content focus areas and complete the six learning activities.

References have been provided to enable you to complete the module, and the range of learning activities provided will facilitate your learning about these topic areas.

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