Wellness and Reablement Information Sessions for the CALD Community
The Multicultural Advisory Service (MAS) has also been working hard this year on raising awareness of what wellness and reablement mean within the CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities. This approach was first introduced by the Australian Government in 2017, however there is still a lot of confusion around what this approach means and how it affects services.
Recently, the Multicultural Advisory Service conducted information sessions in the Brisbane area for both the Taiwanese community and the Filipino community. At first, both communities were unaware of what this approach was and how it might help them.
MAS was able to explain why this approach was adopted by the Government and what the benefits were for them. Some of the more important ones being: being able to stay independent and delaying the need to enter a residential facility.
One participant commented that his Aunt was on a package and someone had been coming to her home to help her. She was complaining that they were helping her to cook instead of cooking for her. However, after the session the participant was able to see why the service provider was doing this and said that they would explain it to their Aunt.
The sessions were highly successful as all participants reported a greater understanding of what the wellness and reablement approach was and why it was important for them to continue to do things for themselves for as long as possible.