Australia’s population includes many people who were born overseas, have a parent born overseas or speak a variety of languages. Together, these groups of people are known as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations.
Bluestar had the pleasure of hosting the CEO of Legal Aid ACT Dr John Boersig for a presentation on the unique needs of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community in Australia. Dr Boersig spoke about how his organisation provides a tailored service to recent arrivals in Australia and emphasised that having staff with cultural sensitivity to liase with clients is essential when trying to address CALD issues. Dr Boersig provided genuine insight into the workings of his organisation and the challenges in operating a unique service in Australia today.
CALD women face particular barriers to accessing services. This video explores techniques for working in a culturally competent way to ensure services are accessible. It includes information about forced marriage.
The report, Mental health research and evaluation in multicultural Australia: Developing a culture of inclusion, was prepared by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA) for the National Mental Health Commission and released in October 2013.
Australia has a culturally and linguistically diverse population, with many residents born overseas and originating from non-English speaking countries. Australia is also home to refugees, who have a unique and often traumatic experience of migration. Considering relapse prevention within a multicultural context requires understanding the differences that arise through cultural and linguistic diversity.
This compilation of reports provides practitioners and policy-makers with broader contextual information regarding the issues facing CALD adolescents, as well as the latest national data. Local research examines some of the reasons why CALD and refugee families may enter the statutory child protection system, and practice guidance outlines factors that support or inhibit professionals from working with CALD families and communities.