As the movement of people around the world continues to develop, countries are becoming more and more multicultural. According to the latest statistics and predictions of the Australian government, by 2021, one in three seniors will have been born outside of Australia. This may come as a concern for some ‘true blue Aussies’, and even more so, for Australian home care & aged care providers’ who will soon be faced with an influx of culturally diverse elders that require care. Should Australians be concerned? Well, before we delve go there, It is important to first take a step back, to WW2.
How Immigration Started To Affect Australian Culture After World War Two
After WWII and during the 1950’s, Australia had an influx of European migrants. These immigrants mostly came from European countries including. Naturally, this brought a lot of different cultures to Australia, making it culturally diverse. The part of Australia’s culture that changed the most due to European immigration was Australia’s food culture. It suddenly became more diverse. Italians increased the popularity of Pizza and Pasta and Australian’s learned to love a Greek Souvlaki. This is still evident in Melbourne’s Lygon St today, which still has many of the Italian restaurants established by post-WW2 Italian immigrants. The post-WW2 immigrants also increased the popularity of Catholicism, increased the participation of soccer and introduced a hard work ethic among the Working-Class in Australia.
Many post-WW2 immigrants worked as concreters, builders, electricians, plumbers and carpenters. However, now these post-WW2 immigrants are in their late stages of life and many of them will now probably need home care assistance and this will only increase in the upcoming decade. Likewise, a lot of these people will have medical conditions that will fall under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS support) and thus will require a provider.
Immigration from Eastern World and Its Impact
After the end of the post-WW2 migration boom, there was and still is today a steady rate of immigrants coming to Australia from the Eastern World. They come from countries such as China, India, the Philippines, Syria and Vietnam. This has made Australia even more culturally diverse and cultural diversity has now become an important trait for Australia. Australian cities now have a vast array of food and cuisine to choose from. There are Indian, Chinese, Greek, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish and many more different types of restaurants. The sizable variety of cuisines has also influenced new recipes by Australian chefs that fuse many food cultures together. Cultural diversity has also introduced Australians to new different types of music, media, technology and fashio
n from many different cultures.
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Many Australian immigrants are now old or are getting older is especially the post-WW2 immigrants. This means they will need home care assistance into the future. This means Australian home care providers and their staff need to have a certain level of cultural competency going into the future. For example, Australian home care staff will probably need to participate in certain aspects in the cultural life of their clientele. For example, they will need to accommodate older Italians who need to go to Church or pray the Rosary. Staff will also come across older people with different points of view or different cultural values that they may not agree with. Therefore, Australian home care providers need to learn to be tolerant of many different cultures which express many different points of view.