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Multilingual Mental Health Resources for Older People


Health and wellbeing of older people in our community

Diverse older peopleThis brochure produced by Transcultural Mental Health Centre provides advice to elderly people and their loved ones on the best way to overcome barriers to good health and wellbeing in the later years of life. The brochure uses case studies to discuss issues such as loneliness, isolation and depression. 
Download here in Arabic ( PDF 4561KB), Traditional Chinese (PDF 3734KB), Croatian (PDF 1861KB), English (PDF 1620KB), Greek (PDF 1572KB), Indonesian (PDF 1768KB), Italian (PDF 1814Kb), Polish (PDF 1891KB), Spanish (PDF 1865KB), Tagalog, (PDF 1841KB), Vietnamese (PDF 1593KB)


Community Older Peoples Mental Health Services

Older people mental health services cover imageThis information guide is for older people with mental health problems and their families, carers and friends. It provides information on community (out-of-hospital) older peoples’ mental health services in NSW. It explains what these services do, who they provide care for, how people can access them and how they can support recovery of older people with mental illness. The Guide is available in Chinese, English and Greek here.


Dementia Australia - Information in other languages

Dementia Australia provides a wide range of help sheets, both print and audio about dementia in numerous community languages. You can access these resources on the Dementia Australia website


Depression: Information for residents, families and carers

This leaflet, produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, outlines the signs, causes and management of depression for older people, their families and carers. The leaflet is available in Chinese (Simplified), Croatian, German, Greek, Italian, Maltese, Polish and Vietnamese. Visit the Health Translations Victoria Website to download this resource.


My Aged Care - Information in other languages

My Aged Care phone line and website can help you to access and find information about aged care services in one spot for yourself, a family member, friend or someone you’re caring for. The My Aged Care website provides information about aged care in a variety of languages. Visit the My Aged Care website to download or listen to resources in your language.  

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Reports and policies


'The community hides such problems'. A Model for Dealing with Abuse of Older People in an Ethnic Community

This Transcultural Mental Health Centre report which was developed in consultation with older people, service providers and community leaders outlines a culturally appropriate model to assist culturally and linguistically diverse communities to deal with the abuse of older people. Download the report here. 


Specialist Mental Health Services for Older People (SMHSOP) Acute Inpatient Units in NSW: Information for Consumers, Families and Carers

This NSW Health guide provides important information for consumers, their families and carers about the care that is available in Acute Inpatient Units for older people experiencing mental illness in New South Wales. Click here to download the guide.


Aged Care Diversity Framework

Australian Government Department of Health Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-Group. The Framework is an overarching set of principles designed to ensure an accessible aged care system where people, regardless of their individual social, cultural, linguistic, religious, spiritual, psychological, medical and care needs are able to access respectful and inclusive aged care services. Download the Framework here

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Organisations and Useful Links


Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

FECCA Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia Positive CALD Ageing Network

Mental Health Commission of NSW

My Aged Care

Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline 1800 628 221 (Monday – Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

NSW Health Specialist Mental Health Services For Older People (SMHSOP)

PICAC Alliance Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care

Translating and Interpreting Service

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