Webinar: Cultural considerations in aged care

Join the WONCA World Organization of Family Doctors Webinar, brought to you by the WONCA Working Party on Ethics and Professionalism and the WONCA Special Interest Group on Ageing and Health.

Providing appropriate care to an increasing population of older people is one of the main challenges of our current healthcare system. Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution, ensuring culturally sensitive care is essential. This webinar will focus on the question how primary care can facilitate culturally safe care for older adults by introducing inspiring clinical examples and research findings.


Tania Moerenhout: Chair of the WP and Lecturer at the Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Dimity Pond: Chair of the SIG and Honorary Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle, Australia.

Date and Time:

Tuesday, October 3
Sydney AEDT: 6:00 PM
Auckland NZDT: 8:00 PM
Brussels – Ljubljana CEST: 9:00 AM

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and strategies for culturally sensitive care in primary healthcare.


Hakki Demirkapu is a general practitioner and a tutor for GPs-in-training in Brussels, Belgium. His PhD work at the Department of Family Medicine and Chronic Care at Vrije Universiteit Brussel focuses on advanced care planning within ethnic minorities in Belgium. He is a coordinating and advising physician in Belgium's first culturally sensitive nursing home. In his presentation, he will explain how the nursing home operates and focus on the adaptations they introduced to make it accessible for older adults with a Muslim background.

Joanna Hikaka (Ngāruahine) is a pharmacist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Joanna is a co-director of the newly established Centre for Co-Created Ageing Research at the University. Her clinical and research work focuses on older adults and Māori health, with a current focus on exploring Māori elder experiences and expectations in residential and community settings. Her presentation will address how aged residential care as a sector can provide culturally safe care options for Māori as they age, by including Māori cultural values and practices.

Danica Rotar Pavlič is a family doctor in Slovenia. She has coordinated several international projects, including a European-led international study on improvement of older patient involvement in medical care (IMPROVE). She is the Head of the Working Group on palliative care of the Association of general practice/family medicine of South-East Europe AGP/FM SEE. Danica will focus on health care for older refugees, presenting the results of field work in transit center Šentilj on the Schengen border, and interviews with health professionals working there.

Registration Link: https://otago.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_csxwW0gVR0W3pxyT8kZEdQ#/registration

Join us in addressing this critical aspect of aged care and its significance in today's healthcare landscape.