Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations

As western bioethics may differ from that of someone from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population, start the conversation by asking about the person's beliefs and discussing values with the family. Ask the person if they have any special needs, and involve spiritual leaders in these conversations if the person chooses. Be mindful of the fact that religious and cultural beliefs can differ between families, communities and even individuals.

Advance Care Planning Australia has fact sheets and other resources available for individuals, substitute decision-makers and aged care workers in 13 languages. These fact sheets explain what advance care planning is, how to make an Advance Care Directive, and how to contact someone to talk about advance care planning from the Advance Care Planning Advisory Service through an interpreter.

Fact sheets

Fact sheets for care workers in languages other than English

  • Fact sheet

    لعمال خدمة الرعاية الصحية | For care workers (Arabic)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    ما هو تخطيط الرعاية المتقدّمة؟ | What is advance care planning?
  • Fact sheet

    预先护理计划——护理工作者须知 | For care workers (Chinese - simplified)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    什么是预先护理计划?| What is advance care planning?
  • Fact sheet

    Za djelatnike koji pružaju skrb | For care workers (Croatian)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Što je planiranje skrbi unaprijed? | What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Croatian.
  • Fact sheet

    για υπαλλήλους φροντίδας | For care workers (Greek)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Τι είναι ο έγκαιρος προγραμματισμός φροντίδας; | What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Greek.
  • Fact sheet

    देखरेख कर्मियों के लिए | For care workers (Hindi)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    अग्रिम देखरेख नियोजन क्या होता है? | What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Hindi.
  • Fact sheet

    Per gli operatori sanitari | For care workers (Italian)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Cosa è la pianificazione anticipata delle cure? | What is advance care planning?
  • Fact sheet

    за работници вклучени во нега | For care workers (Macedonian)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Што е планирање на негата во иднина? | What is advance care planning?
  • Fact sheet

    Dla pracowników opieki społecznej | For care workers (Polish)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Co to jest planowanie wyrażania oświadczeń woli w sprawie opieki w przyszłości? | What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Polish.
  • Fact sheet

    за раднике који пружају негу | For care workers (Serbian)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Шта је планирање неге унапред? | What is advance care planning?
  • Fact sheet

    Para cuidadores profesionales | For care workers (Spanish)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    ¿Qué es la planificación anticipada de las decisiones? | What is advance care planning?
  • Fact sheet

    Para sa mga empleyadong nangangalaga | For care workers (Tagalog)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Ano ang maagang pagplano ng pangangalaga? | What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Tagalog.
  • Fact sheet

    Dành cho nhân viên chăm sóc | For care workers (Vietnamese)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Hoạch định trước về việc chăm sóc là gì? | What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Vietnamese.
  • Fact sheet

    供護理工作者閱讀 | For care workers (Chinese - traditional)

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    什麼是預先護理計畫?| What is advance care planning? A fact sheet about advance care planning for care workers, in English and Chinese Traditional.
More information

More resources on CALD populations

  • Articles & Publications

    Older People from CALD Backgrounds

    Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)

    This report reviews Australian research on older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.
  • Website

    Culturally & linguistically diverse people

    Palliative Care Victoria

    This website provides information to promote access to culturally inclusive and responsive palliative care services for people from diverse cultural, linguistic and faith backgrounds.
  • Articles & Publications

    Ethics and advance care planning in a culturally diverse society

    MJ Johnstone, O. Kanitsaki

    International research suggests that in multicultural countries there are disparities in end-of-life care planning and decision making by people of minority ethnic backgrounds compared with English-speaking background populations.
  • Website

    Resources for specific needs: Spirituality and faith

    CareSearch

    Find resources about providing spiritual care to people in palliative care on the palliAGED website, gathered and maintained by CareSearch.
  • Website

    Resources for specific needs: CALD communities

    CareSearch

    Find resources regarding palliative care in culturally and linguistically diverse communities on the palliAGED website, gathered and maintained by CareSearch.
  • Website

    Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

    Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

    Find resources, training, and other projects and initiatives for addressing the needs of older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.