The Annual Multicultural Seniors Expo is organised by the Multicultural Advisory Service of Diversicare and has successfully brought Seniors from all cultures for the last 4 years in Sunshine Coast. This year the Multicultural Seniors Expo  will be held at Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore on Thursday, 4th May 2017. The Expo provides information relevant to older people , entertainment and fun exercises to keep them going from 9.30am to 3pm. This is a free event with morning tea and lunch provided.

For more information please flyer link below:

Multicultural Seniors Expo 2017

The Vietnamese and Lao respite groups that meets regularly at Diversicare’s West End Connect have been busy crocheting baby hats for months.

The pile of ‘cute-as-a-button’ hats in a myriad of pastels have been slowly growing.  Check them out on the Diversicare Facebook page.

They were recently presented to Mater Foundation Fundraising Officer Gayatri Choudhury by My-Thien Nguyen and Hoa Phan of the Vietnamese respite group (pictured). In turn, the ladies received a framed certificate of appreciation from Ms Choudhury.

She said the hats would be taken to the Mater Mothers Auxiliary shop at the Mater Mothers Hospital where the items would be sold.  All the funds raised would go directly to supporting mothers and babies at the Mater Mothers Hospital.

“It was so lovely to meet the lovely ladies at Diversicare’s West End Connect and to thank them for all their hard work and support,” Ms Choudhury said.


Successful Vietnamese HCP Forum

Over 100 Vietnamese seniors and disabled consumers attended a successful information session run by Diversicare on the recent changes to the provision and accessibility of Home Care Packages.

Diversicare General Manager Vivienne McDonald said the session, held at the Inala Hall,  provided an essential service to the Vietnamese community with interpreters, allied health and other health professionals from the local community on hand to answer questions regarding the recent changes.

A lucky door prize of beauty products from Fabulous Aroma was won by one of the forum attendees.

For more information regarding Home Care Packages call 1300 348 377.

Stay up to date with events through the Diversicare Facebook page.



Brisbane seniors can now access private care services to help them stay in their own home longer and improve their quality of life.

Diversicare’s privately funded services benefit members of the community from both culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and non CALD backgrounds.

Premier home care services are available to all; including self-funded retirees, or other members of the community who either do not meet government eligibility criteria. These services can be in addition to Government subsidised services already received.

Premier and government accredited services are carried out by Diversicare’s multicultural home care workers –ensuring the same high quality of work is completed.

Our qualified bilingual carers allow Diversicare to provide the best possible cultural and personal fit between consumers and home carers.

Our Premier home care services ensure immediate access to our services of your choice seven days a week. Diversicare can also facilitate a more comprehensive range of health and well-being services. These could include, but are not limited to, over-night respite services, wound management, continence and mobility aids and podiatry

Our services include:

  • Food preparation
  • Personal care services (e.g. showering, Medication prompting)
  • In-home respite care
  • Social support
  • Domestic assistance (e.g. general house cleaning)
  • Group social activities

Premier home care services can be short or long term. Diversicare offers flexibility with times and days and ensures services are carried out consistently to suit your lifestyle.

To start services today or to find out more information call 1300 348 377 and ask for the intake officer.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) Chairperson, Yasmin Khan, has been named the Queensland Finalist for Australia’s Local Hero in the prestigious 2017 Australian of the Year Awards.

As a diversity champion, Ms Khan has spent many years as an advocate, breaking down barriers and countering myths about Islam and the Muslim Community by sharing the positive achievements and contributions Muslim community members have made in Queensland and Australia.

In 2005, she founded Eidfest to celebrate the end of Ramadhan and to build bridges to the wider community. The celebration attracts 10,000 visitors from the Muslim and non-Muslim community. The event is a great opportunity to showcase the contributions the local Muslim community has made in Queensland.

More recently Ms Khan established a support centre for Muslim women and women from the Indian subcontinent who are victims of domestic violence.

Ms Khan is a well-known speaker raising awareness of issues experienced amongst Muslim communities; she also shares life experiences to promote understanding between cultures. She also represents her community on multiple reference groups including as multicultural ambassador for the AFL and Asian Cup.

Ms Khan has served on the ECCQ Board Directors since 2013 and as Deputy Chairperson for one year.

Queensland’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at Customs House in Brisbane.

The Queensland Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2017.

For more information visit

MAS Cultural Briefing Roadshow

Date: 2 November 2016
Time: 8.30am for a 9.00am start – 2.00pm
Mt Gravatt Bowls Club, 1973 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt
RSVP to Bushra Aman
Mobile: 0413 054 642
Morning tea and light lunch will be provided.

Learn more about service delivery when interacting with people from different cultures.
Raise awareness about the Italian and Latin American cultures and Working with Interpreters.
Share important aspects of daily life from migration experience, customs, communication, food and diet.

In conjunction with Diversicare, researchers at the University of Queensland have been successful in obtaining funding from the Australian Research Council for the project Ageing Well in a Foreign Land: Identity, Social Connectedness, Well-being.

This project (2016-2019) aims to understand the best approaches to help older people to adjust socially and culturally in Australia. The project aims to explore:

What factors contribute to social isolation and low well-being in CALD older people?
When and how does participation in Diversicare’s respite activities help to reduce social isolation and improve well-being?
How successful are those activities in helping CALD older people to enhance social connectedness, community integration and well-being?

For more information contact Dr Shuang Liu at the School of Communication and Arts, The University of

Diversicare celebrating Seniors Week

As part of Seniors Week, the Diversicare Chinese Respite group celebrated with a Mini Olympics! They participated in a variety of activities as well as gave a Tai Chi display and Chinese dancing.

The event was opened by Diversicare’s management team and medals presented to winners by Julie, Activities Facilitator.

Congratulations to all those that participated and happy Seniors Week to all our wonderful respite visitors!

40 years of ECCQ

Do you have photos at ECCQ events or activities from the last 40 years? We want you to join in the fun & send us your photos for the chance to be featured in our e-Newsletter, in ECCQ publications and on social media.

Email your photos to us with a caption to match! Alternatively, bring them into the office and we can scan them in for you.

Contact: Eadie Hancock Email:

Photo caption: ECCQ launches book, ‘Death, Dying and Religion’, by Hurriyet Babacan and Patricia Obst. Pictured here is former ECCQ Sexual Health Coordinator Jacqui Hauff, co-author Hurriyet Babacan, co-author Patricia Obst & Honorary President & CEO Nick Xynias. (1998)


NDIS and Diversicare

NDIS is the National Disability Insurance Scheme and is a new way of providing community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

From July 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will progressively roll out in Queensland and by July 2019 all eligible Queensland residents will be covered.

Under the NDIS, people with disability will be able to choose their service providers and how they access support.

The NDIS Queensland launch schedule is planned to commence in 2016 in selected areas with full roll out scheduled for 2019.

Most disability specific government programs are transitioning to the NDIS. There may be a period of time when people with disability are supported under existing State contracted funding arrangements as well as the NDIS.  Diversicare is currently preparing to become an NDIS registered provider.