Future of Ageing Award for DSA's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communication Cards

 

The first to be specifically designed to support First Nations people living with dementia, these illustrated cards support care staff and families to communicate in a way that respects both the person and their culture.

Co-design and collaboration

Designed and illustrated by Samantha Campbell, a Dagoman woman from Katherine, and co-designed with representatives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, the cards depict images that have meaning to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person living with dementia.

The set of 58 illustrated cards are divided into eight categories: 

Three cue cards depicting images that have meaning to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person living with dementia. It has three scenarios - painting, bush tucker and going for a walk

  • People
  • Activities/Objects
  • Personal Care
  • Food/Drink
  • Health
  • Feelings
  • Places
  • Animals

Each card has the English word and includes space on the back to write the word in the language of the person. Aboriginal artwork, three spring flowers on a white background in blue, green, pink, orange, purple and white

Carers can select the relevant card and use it to help communicate with the person they are caring for. Enabling the person to be understood and understand their care is essential for a person’s independence and wellbeing.

The colour box set can be ordered as a free hard copy. Digital colour and black and white versions (for people with visual challenges) are also available to download and print.

Click here for print and digital cards