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What can PICAC do for you?
Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) is a Commonwealth Department of Health funded project to equip aged care service providers to deliver culturally appropriate care to older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. PICAC also works to improve CALD communities’ capacity to make informed decisions on residential and community based aged care and access to culturally appropriate care.

This is done through a variety of flexible learning solutions and community linked projects.  If you have a CALD related question or are in need of some support, ideas or resources to develop your workforce or empower your community, drop us a line and we will be happy to assist you to develop a culturally appropriate solution.

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Successful outcomes for the Vietnamese senior community in Inala
In 2016 the number of Vietnamese participants in PICAC’s ‘Healthy Ageing for Seniors’ sessions ballooned to a gathering of 150 enthusiastic members. These fun and informative sessions are continuing in 2017.

The success of these sessions, held monthly at the New Inala Hall, is due to PICAC’s collaboration with local Vietnamese health practitioners who have their finger on the pulse of what the people want to know, and are able to present the information in the Vietnamese language. This means that mostly Vietnamese professionals deliver the information to those most in need. So far, our sessions have covered such topics as Aged Care Options; Breaking the Stigma of Incontinence; Falls Prevention; Osteoporosis; and Depression and Dementia. Special sessions were also held during Seniors’ Week and at Christmas to celebrate the elderly with music, dancing, storytelling and lots of good food.
Some of the comments from the participants include:
“Thank you. This program helps so much for a healthy life. I hope they will be ongoing.”
“My opinion is that it is good to have sessions like this. I have more knowledge.
“My father would find this information session really useful.  I had no idea about Lifetec’s self-care aids.  He could really use the aid to help him put on his socks.”

PICAC is happy to assist any multicultural community who could benefit from these information sessions.  For more information or to discuss opportunities further contact Silvia Borges
Cultural Insight

The lunar (moon) New Year is an important time for celebrations and fresh starts for many around the world.   The first day of the lunar New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February and this year, 2017, the new moon falls on Saturday, 28 January, initiating the year of the rooster for people who celebrate Chinese New Year.  Many Australians are familiar with this celebration from China but what about other New Year celebrations from different parts of Asia such as Vietnamese New Year.  How do they celebrate their lunar New Year?

Tết Nguyên Đán, Feast of the First Morning of the First Day which is often shortened to Tết is considered by many Vietnamese as the most important celebration of the year. 

Many prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday food and cleaning the house. These foods include steamed square cake bánh chưn, bamboo shoot soup canh măng, Vietnamese sausage giò, and xôi sticky rice. Many customs are practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the New Year (xông nhà), ancestor worship, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.  Tết is also an occasion for family reunions so you will find many families go back to Vietnam during this period. It is a time to start to forget about the troubles of the past year and hope for a better upcoming year.

Tết can be divided into three periods, known as:
Tất Niên, representing the preparation before Tết,
Giao Thừa, the eve of Tết, and
Tân Niên, the New Year, the days of and following Tết.

Find out more from your Vietnamese resident/clients how they celebrate Tet here in Australia.  Showing genuine interest in this celebration could be a great way to begin or develop a trusting relationship with your resident/client and you never know they may even teach you how to cook their favourite Tết dish.
Have you ever had to care for a resident/client of a different faith and wondered whether your support was culturally appropriate?  Queensland Health has a number of informative, free multicultural health resources on their website developed in collaboration with local communities such as how to care for someone of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh faith. 

Click on the link below for more information.
Upcoming Events

How are you celebrating HARMONY DAY this year?

Harmony Day is held each year on 21 March. It’s a day to celebrate our cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

For ideas on how to celebrate, to register your event and receive free promotional materials check out the following website.
For more information or to register or organise an event, contact Silvia

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