Culture, Health and Wellbeing


May 11


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Elderly people from CALD backgrounds are identified as being especially vulnerable with specific health and wellbeing needs. This has important implications for aged care service delivery and in particular, delivering culturally appropriate services. If you would like to learn more about the links between culture, health and wellbeing, how to increase client satisfaction and nutritional status, improve community cohesion and engagement, and overall enjoyment of meals by clients, this training is for you.

The training will be delivered by

HEBA HASSANIN, Education and Training Officer, started working with MCCI in 2019. Heba has been an accredited practising dietitian in Australia since 2017 and recently joined the allied health team. She has gained valuable experience in working with CALD communities and number of stakeholders. She also has more than 5 years of overseas experience working as a dietitian. Heba holds a Master of Dietetics and Nutrition. She also holds Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has been involved in delivering various group education and presentations to CALD communities and service providers. Heba is currently enrolled in Understanding Dementia MOOC course.

PATRICIA LARANJEIRA, Senior Project Coordinator, has been with MCCI since 2011 in various roles. She has a Bachelor in Sociology and a double Master of Science (Dementia Care and Gerontology and Rehabilitation). Patricia has broad experience from the aged and disability care sector, having worked closely with CALD communities through the Aged Care Reform and been involved in community services more generally for more than 12 years. She has coordinated the Multicultural Dementia Advisory Service, the Carers Support Program and Multicultural Care Connector.