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Culturally and Language Diverse

Culturally and Language Diverse Australians

Culturally appropriate palliative care respects and supports individual cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs and preferences. The following resources may be useful in planning for and providing culturally appropriate care.

  • Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing
    Resources and culturally inclusive aged care practice guides. Current (freely accessible online resource)
    Summary: Practice guides covering a wide range of topics including palliative care and spiritual support.
  • Clark K, Phillips J
    End-of-life care - the importance of culture and ethnicity. Aust Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;39(4):210-3. (freely accessible 495kb pdf)
    Summary: Australia is a culturally and ethnically diverse country. Within such diversity there will be differing beliefs systems about death and dying. This may be a challenging prospect for health professionals. This article discusses how cultural diversity may impact care and provides some strategies for the general practitioner when considering the provision of end-of-life care. (Decision Assist)

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