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Understanding Those Who Have Experienced War

Anzac Day 2016

Anzac Day promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar.  Even though, Victorians originate from 200 countries, and 46.8 per cent are either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas, the genuine sorrow at the loss of so many lives in war unities us all.  People whose politics, beliefs, aspirations and backgrounds are widely different can nevertheless share the values of courage, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play that make Australia a unique global community.

The meaning of Anzac day has been further broadened to include those killed in all the military operations in which Australia and New Zealand have been involved. Many countries commemorate Anzac day with various ceremonies: Antarctica, Belgium, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kiribati, Malaysia, Malta, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey, and United States, to name some.

Since WWII many people have found refuge in Australia after fleeing persecution, wars and civil unrest. Karen Teshuva, La Trobe University, conducted a qualitative study in 2010 ‘Caring for older survivors of genocide and mass trauma’.  The study emphasized the need for the aged cares sector to be responsive to these life experiences.  Some elderly consumers may experience flashbacks and relive memories of war on a day such as Anzac Day.

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing website has case studies that staff can explore while developing a better understanding of clients who have experienced war.

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