Culturally adapted screening tools have been developed as part of a study funded by Beyond Blue and conducted by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) that investigated the usefulness of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in detecting late life depression and anxiety in community dwelling older Chinese migrants.
The GDS and the GAI were culturally adapted for older Chinese Australians and versions of these tools are freely available for use by health professionals working with older Chinese Australians.
*Please note that you will need register to access the GAI tool under a fee-free license arrangement and then the tool will be sent to you.
A screening guide and tip sheet are also available:
Screening for depression and anxiety among older Chinese people: a guide for health professionals should be read by health professionals wanting to screen for depression and anxiety in older Chinese Australians. The guide provides information on depression and anxiety, as well as cultural considerations, screening, services and resources. It also includes links to access the culturally adapted Chinese Australian versions of the GDS and GAI.
Tips for clinicians when screening older people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background includes the lessons learned from the Beyond Blue study that could be applied to screening for depression and anxiety with older people from various culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.