Estimates suggest that every three seconds a person somewhere in the world is diagnosed with dementia –a life-altering condition which affects more than 350,000 Australians and 46 million people worldwide. This number is predicted to increase exponentially in wake of the rapid population ageing.
In Australia, limited awareness of dementia in people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds often results in delayed diagnosis, poorer prognosis, and a higher burden of care on families and health systems.
NARI aims to change this through Moving Pictures, an innovative multi-media project which will co-produce nine short films with people from Hindi, Mandarin and Arabic communities, the top three fastest growing CALD groups in Australia today.
Dr Bianca Brijnath, Director of Social Gerontology at NARI, said the project aims to recruit and video-interview 20 Hindi-speaking carers in Melbourne, 20 Arabic-speaking carers in Sydney and 20 Mandarin-speaking carers in Perth.
“Moving Pictures will use the art of film making and, through the cultural lens of the community, seek to provide information and education about dementia, and the importance of early diagnosis of dementia for better treatment and quality of life,” she said.
The initiative has been funded through the Federal Government’s Department of Health’s Dementia and Aged Care Services Research and Innovation grants and will be guided by Alzheimer’s Australia, Federation of the Indian Association of Victoria, the South Western Sydney Local Health District, and the Australian Arab Association.
The films will be free to air online, a mobile app, and as story boards.
If you are care for a person with dementia, know someone who might be interested in participating or would simply like to know more about Moving Pictures please contact Dr. Josefine Antoniades by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 03 8387 2609.