Cultural aspects of dementia: Australian and Fijian perspectives

Johnstone, Karen, Russell, Sarah, Sen, Shanita, Qaloewai, Seefanaia, and Strivens, Edward (2018) Cultural aspects of dementia: Australian and Fijian perspectives. Fiji Journal of Public Health, 7 (1). pp. 41-42.

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Abstract

Dementia is a growing public health priority globally. Both Fijian and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples face barriers to seeking timely care for dementia. Factors include lack of knowledge and resources, and low accessibility of services. Access to accurate dementia diagnosis in Australian Indigenous communities is facilitated through culturally appropriate and validated tools such as the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment which can be modified for use in other indigenous populations. As the population ages, health system responses to dementia will be required in the coming years in Fiji and other Pacific Island countries. Culturally appropriate awareness raising and education may be effective for supporting caregivers and understanding contextual factors including pathways to diagnosis, diagnostic assessment and beliefs and experiences of dementia, will be important in developing a sustainable response to dementia in Fiji.

Item ID: 59892
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 2307-7484
Keywords: dementia, cross cultural, Fiji, australia
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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2019 01:09
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111715 Pacific Peoples Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920307 Pacific Peoples Health - Determinants Of Health @ 50%
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