The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) recently held a National Roundtable to discuss a research agenda around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians, at Parliament House in Canberra.

With developments in this area being somewhat fragmented, participants of the Roundtable brought their expertise to analyse the gaps and work towards a strategic agenda on advancing research around ageing in CALD communities.

Participants identified the collaboration across sectors and inclusion beginning from the grassroots as key components to advancing research around ageing and aged care for older CALD Australians.

Ensuring CALD people are at the centre of research was also highlighted as vital components to the process.

Translating research into policy and practice was highlighted as a crucial aspect, including looking at international comparisons and how this can influence Australian practice.

Roundtable participants discussed how it was imperative that there is active and equal partnership in research, as well as to build an understanding of the international aspects and the intersectional nature of CALD ageing and aged care.

Participants agreed on conceptualising a strategic research agenda based on the gaps identified by FECCA’s review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds, and discussion from the roundtable today.

Participants also agreed that given the diversity of Australia’s population, and in particular the diversity of people over the age of 65, issues affecting CALD older people need to be embraced as part of all research and service delivery.

For more information visit the FECCA website.

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