New Migrants in Residential aged care: manging diversity in Not-for-profit organisations: Managing Diversity in Not-for-Profit Organisations

Eileen Willis, Dongxia Xiao, Wendy Morey, Lesley Jeffers, Ann Harrington, David Gillham, Anita De Bellis

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Abstract

This paper draws on qualitative interviews with migrant Indo-Asian and African personal care workers and registered and enrolled nurses employed by two not-for-profit residential aged care organisations in Australia: AnglicareSA and Resthaven Inc. The paper examines the way these culturally and linguistically diverse staff talk about the safe organisational environment provided by their employers, while in the wider Australian environment, low levels of hostility towards migrants and refugees are a constant cultural force. We demonstrate the impact of these organisations’ foundational ethics and values that influence how human resource diversity management strategies impact on the quality care provided to residents. We argue that this ethic and these human resource strategies act as conduits for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) staff to integrate into the workforce and as a mechanism in assisting new migrants to transition into the wider Australian society, while at the same time enriching the care of the older persons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-700
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of International Migration and Integration
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018

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