My Mediation Options – A CALD Perspective Project
The primary focus of My Mediation Options Project – A Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Perspective Project, is to raise awareness of the types and prevalence of elder abuse and of preventative services for CALD seniors who are at risk of or experiencing domestic violence or elder abuse. One goal is to increase awareness and the capacity and confidence of service providers and community groups, to help prevent and respond more effectively to domestic violence and abuse towards CALD seniors.
Our project is also seeking to improve engagement between organisations and will support communities to utilise practical solutions for dealing with issues of domestic violence against CALD seniors. We are going to do community surveys and train and empower community champions, offer train the trainer sessions and raise awareness and providing information to people seeking it.
The two focus areas are the Adelaide metropolitan region and the regional centre of Whyalla.
We are seeking to obtain a clear understanding of how much CALD communities know about elder abuse and where people get their supports from. Cultural and language barriers play a significant challenge in accessing services. Furthermore, alienation and disengagement from social activities and service providers and reluctance to talk about or discuss elder abuse makes it problematic. The challenge of My Mediation Options is to talk about abuse and family violence within communities in a way that bridges cultural barriers.
My Mediation Options is also looking to develop, implement and deliver a Community Champions Program which will provide selected CALD communities with information and support in their language and with culturally appropriate approaches in the event elder abuse or domestic violence is experienced.
Over 104 workers from 80 service providers have been asked to complete a survey to gather the information that will be used to shape the program delivery and help develop the training package for the CALD Community Champions Program.
Catalyst Foundation My Mediation Options is backed and informed by a very supportive Steering Committee made up of representatives from the following organisations; UniSA, Relationships Australia SA, Office of the Public Advocate, Multicultural Communities Council of SA, Multicultural Aged Care, South Australia Police and Aged Rights Advocacy Service.
The My Mediation Options Project Officer – Patricia Rios is available to present to your community about our work at the Catalyst Foundation including the My Mediation Options project. For more information please contact Patricia Rios on (08) 8168 8708 or contact us at .
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4th International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land 2017
Catalyst Foundation will be presenting at the 4th International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land on My Mediation Options. The conference will be held on 21-22 June in Adelaide. For more information visit the conference page.
Here’s the abstract:
Catalyst Foundation Catalyst Foundation (formerly Seniors Information Service) provides trustworthy and timely information support and advice to South Australian seniors, their families and carers in the area of ageing. In our new broader capacity, built on experience and expertise of 21 years of service, our new vision has expanded in the area of disability, learning, lifestyle and business and employment services. Project Summary The primary focus of My Mediation Options Project – A CALD Perspective, is on raising awareness of the types and prevalence of elder abuse and of preventative services for CALD seniors who are at risk of or experiencing domestic violence or elder abuse. It will increase the awareness, capacity and effectiveness of service providers and community groups, enabling them to prevent and respond more effectively to domestic violence and abuse towards CALD seniors. The project will build the confidence and capacity of CALD seniors to make informed decisions. Through a community survey, community champions program, train the trainer sessions and raising awareness and providing information, this project will improve engagement between organisations and will support communities to utilise practical solutions including mediation strategies for dealing with issues of domestic violence and elder abuse