A COMPARISON OF ANGLO AND
As in Australia generally, Victoria has a large and diverse ethnic population, the result of successive Commonwealth immigration policies. In 1991 people born in non-English-speaking (NES) countries represented 17% of the Victorian population. 1 Many others belonged to families with an ethnic identity as second and third-generation offspring of migrants or through intermarriage.
With the increase of age-related disabilities among earlier immigrant groups, 2 and of other disabilities and conditions arising from occupational or settlement risks, 3 there is assumed to be a corresponding growth in caregiving by families of non-English-speaking background (NESB). Compared with Anglo-Australian carers, NESB carers are seen by some researchers to be particularly vulnerable to ill health and burden because of cultural expectations of family care, social isolation, the enduring impact of migration, and unequal access to supportive services in the community. 4
To date there is little comprehensive or systematic information about non-Anglo caregiving in Victoria. Published findings of the latest national caregiving survey (ABS 1993) did not include information on ethnicity, and other available studies have tended to be small-scale (25-50 NESB carers) and to focus on women. Most are restricted in their treatment of disability type, kin relationship, 5 ethnic group, 6 locality or service type, and have limited dissemination. 7 All have ultimately recruited carers through organisations in contact with NESB clients/members, potentially biasing the sample. While these studies have provided some valuable information, it is