Culture and Dementia


October 15


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

Culture and Dementia

It is predicted that by 2058, if there is no cure, 1 million people will be living with dementia and a large proportion of those will be from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Understanding the cultural needs of people living with dementia should be understood by all service providers so the best care can be provided to all those who are in need of care and support.

The training will be delivered by

ZELJKA CANKOVIC, Education and Training Coordinator, has been working with MCCI since 2018. Zeljka has worked in the Refugee Settlement Sector for 12 years where she gained valuable experience in working with CALD communities and services involved in clients’ settlement. She was also employed with Housing NSW as a Senior Client Service Officer Specialist. Apart from these roles, Zeljka has been employed with TAFE Community Services as a casual part-time teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science Psychology and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has been involved in delivering various cultural training programs/workshops.

TANIA RUDDOCK, Project officer, has over 7 years’ experience from the Aged Care Sector where she has worked in both residential and home care settings. She has held a number of roles with MCCI, including supporting people living with dementia and their carers as part of the Multicultural Memory Support Groups. She is currently supporting volunteer work and involved in Advance Care Planning, among other projects. She has completed several certificates related to dementia and is currently enrolled in Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. Tania believes it’s all about “supporting our communities and making a difference in people’s live – this is priceless!”