The Cultural assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is a unique document designed to record important cultural and life information, and build rapport between health professionals and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person with dementia and their family.
Ideally the cultural assessment is a ‘living document’ where the assessing health professional, family and person with dementia can document important family and community relationships, connections to ‘country’, and the life history of the person with dementia in an Aboriginal historical context. Reflections from this document can be used to help maintain important cultural connections, plan care and inform environmental considerations for the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person in aged care.
Guide for Health Professionals. This booklet is a ‘refresher’ for health professionals who have attended a DTA Cultural Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia workshop. It gives a quick overview of how to undertake a cultural assessment and background reading to assist in achieving this.
Cultural Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – Completed example. This is an example of how the assessment could be completed using the case study found in the ‘Guide’.
Cultural Assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – Blank assessment record. This is a six page A4 sized brochure which assists in undertaking and documenting a cultural assessment. It can be printed, and small quantities can be requested from Dementia Training Australia. Send a request to the Western Australian office via the DTA Contact Form
This booklet and film show the history of the first part of this project. The documentary film aims to raise the awareness of staff about the importance of cultural safety in optimising the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia in residential aged care facilities.
- Asset Type Print Materials, Video, Online Materials
- Learning Pathway Discovery, Implementation, Extension
- Topic Areas Responsive Behaviours, Person-Centred Care
- Target Audience Residential Aged Care, In Home or Community-Based Care, Respite Care, Transition Care
- Target Occupations Nursing, Allied Health & Care Support
- Target Populations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Knowledge Translation Doing