Dementia films and mobile app for CLAD groups being developed

A Moving Pictures project seeks to raise awareness and prompt early diagnosis among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups.


Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said, “Experience shows that among CALD groups, dementia diagnosis can be delayed, increasing the difficulties faced by individuals and families.” He visited Perth’s Chung Wah Cultural Centre, where the Chinese language versions of Moving Pictures are in production.


Fifteen short films are being made, with five language versions – Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Tamil and Arabic – covering, the warning signs of dementia, where to find help and types of dementia care.


The films will be based on interviews with carers in ethnic communities in Perth (Chinese), Melbourne (Indian) and Sydney (Arabic).


When completed, the films will be available online, through a free mobile phone and tablet app providing carers easy access.


Out of the Government’s $200 million dementia research investment, $150 million is being used to prioritise work on preventions, treatments and cures.


The remaining $50 million was allocated to the National Health and Medical Research Council to create the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR).


The Moving Pictures films, website and app are expected to be completed by June 2018. The project is being undertaken by the National Ageing Research Institute, in conjunction with Curtin University.


16 March 2018.