Intercultural communications in remote Aboriginal Australian communities: What works in dementia education and management?
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Dementia education and management is a major challenge nationally. However in the remote Aboriginal context, where the prevalence of dementia is five times greater than the national rate, the challenge is made more complex by cultural and linguistic differences between providers and consumers. This paper presents findings from the evaluation of a targeted dementia awareness resource piloted in three Aboriginal languages as well as English. It focuses on the intercultural communication aspects of the evaluation adding to the limited body of knowledge about communications with speakers of Australian Aboriginal languages. It identifies elements of effective intercultural communication in dementia education, implications for health literacy and considers the difference that culturally safe intercultural communication can make to a single issue such as dementia awareness.
Health Sociology Review