MINDSET: Developing training for interpreters in dementia and cognitive assessments

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The MINDSET project is a partnership between researchers and stakeholders in the interpreting and healthcare sectors to upskill interpreters via an online training course in dementia and cognitive assessments.

The training has been co-designed with key stakeholders and aims to improve the quality of interpreter-mediated communication during a cognitive assessment, thereby improving the accuracy and acceptability of cognitive assessments with older people from non-English speaking backgrounds. It is the first time a training resource for interpreters in dementia has been trialled. This presentation will provide an overview of the MINDSET project and invite interpreters to join the study.


Professor Bianca Brijnath is the Divisional Director of Social Gerontology at the National Ageing Research Institute. Her disciplinary training is in medical anthropology and public health and her research expertise is in cultural diversity, dementia, and mental health. Within these disciplinary and contextual boundaries, she has undertaken several studies exploring mental health and culture, mental health and the life-course, and dementia and cultural diversity. She has authored over 100 publications, including a sole-authored book with Berghahn Books titled ‘Unforgotten: Love and the culture of dementia care in India’ and is the lead investigator for the Moving Pictures study in Australia and in India. In recognition of her research, she was awarded the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Award in 2018.

Dr Andrew Simon Gilbert is a Research Fellow in the Social Gerontology division at NARI. His disciplinary background is in sociology, communication studies, ageing, and qualitative research. . He is an emerging researcher in health and aged care systems, including organisational issues and policy. Dr Gilbert joined NARI in November 2018 to work on projects related to raising dementia awareness among CALD communities, the use of video-interpreting for home-based aged care assessments of clients from CALD backgrounds, and stakeholder perspectives of ‘good aged care’ in Australian aged care facilities. In 2020, he led a project investigating Integrated Models of Care, Health and Housing on behalf of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. He also has 10 years’ experience working with people with intellectual disabilities in both government and non-profit sectors.

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