Raising dementia awareness in multicultural communities

Moving Pictures is a multi-media project helping to make Australian dementia and aged care services more inclusive for non-English speaking communities, and inform multicultural communities about dementia and the importance of early diagnosis to enable better treatment and quality of life.

There are currently almost 480,000 people living with all forms of dementia in Australia, and this is projected to increase to over 1 million people by 2058 without a major medical breakthrough.

Nearly a third of Australians over 65 born overseas

With nearly 30 per cent of Australians aged over 65 born overseas, mainly in non-English speaking countries, there are growing concerns that the prevalence of dementia in some culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities could increase by more than 650 per cent in the years to come.

Through Moving Pictures, the National Ageing Research (NARI) is sharing the stories and experiences of people living with dementia and their carers to raise awareness about dementia and provide support and information.

Using film to connect communities

Using a co-design approach, involving 112 family carers and 42 providers, NARI has produced almost 30 short films so far, in Italian, Greek, Vietnamese, Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese and Arabic. Comics in each of the different languages have also been developed.

The Moving Pictures website with multiple language choices

Through film, Moving Pictures aims to address cultural barriers which can sometimes hinder early diagnosis of dementia. This is particularly important given families in CALD communities are less likely to move their loved one into aged care, and prefer to provide the majority of care at home.

Providing multicultural families with resources to help them provide dementia care at home

Project success

Since launching a second tranche of films in September 2021, the Moving Pictures website has been accessed almost 30,000 times, and over 10,000 comics have been distributed. The project has also received additional funding from the Alzheimer’s Association USA, the Australian Department of Health, and the Medical Research Future Fund to extend its work to India, animate for dementia prevention and care, and to work with the World Health Organization.

The ultimate goal of the Moving Pictures program is to provide multicultural families in Australia and globally with access to information and resources to help them provide dementia care at home, and to know where to turn if they need support.

View the Moving Pictures films.

The Moving Pictures site has already been accessed more than 30,000 times