The population of older people from CALD backgrounds in North Queensland continues to grow (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011).
The motivating factor in developing cross-cultural music therapy was to address the needs of older people with CALD backgrounds in the community.
The rationale for the one-on-one music therapy program was to create a platform for CALD clients to share and strengthen their ethnic and historical identity, as well as to optimise their capabilities and improve self-esteem.
Music can create a common space for CALD clients and the music therapist to share and to address issues concerning cultural differences.
Therefore cultural empathy is an essential element when working with CALD clients.
Of special importance, as the authors conclude, is that the intricacy of the individual cultural background of each CALD
client be reflected in the training of professional music therapists.
In addition to IBM, CALD
has 15 corporate sponsors, including Caterpillar, Giant Eagle, Exxon, KeyBank, Microsoft Corp.
The Napthine Government has invested $550,000 in the development of these family violence prevention programs that are specifically tailored to the needs of CALD communities.
Ms Wooldridge said the project will develop two separate family violence intervention programs; one working within the Indian community and the other working within an emerging CALD community.
The programs will help the development of new projects for other CALD communities and inform broader prevention initiatives across both the state and Australia.
Expressions of interest are invited from agencies with a strong history of working with CALD communities and the ongoing infrastructure to support sustainability of the work beyond the life of the project.
Director Policy and Evaluation for The National Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women, Lara Fergus said that working with CALD communities ensures that initiatives genuinely address the concerns of the community and have the greatest effectiveness.