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Mental health services and individual workers who work within them will often have very different understandings and explanations of mental illness from consumers who are from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Culturally responsive workers must seek to understand the illness experience of CALD consumers in order to gain their trust and respect, determine shared priorities, and plan and implement sensitive and effective intervention, treatment and recovery.

By Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), 2014

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Consumer and carer participation with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities needs to be approached in a way that respects cultural differences and shows understanding of the needs of CALD consumers, carers and their families. Consumer and carer participation with CALD communities needs to start with the mental health services actively engaging with their local CALD communities to build trust and tailored partnerships. Strategies for improving participation need to be multifocal and address jointly agreed goals.

By Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), 2014

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Mental health services play an important role in supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) consumers in their recovery by reducing impediments and barriers, and creating opportunities. To assist CALD consumers on the recovery journey, mental health services need to understand that recovery and its principles are not universal concepts and as a result  may present challenges for mental health workers and CALD consumers.

By Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA), 2014

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Department of Home Affairs (DHA)

Visit the DHA website to find out more about translation and interpreting services available nationally, including the Free Translating Service and Free Interpreting Service programs.

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LGBTIQ Intersect and more broadly the Out in the CALD Harmony Grant is part of a larger initiative across Victoria to promote increased dialogue, shared understandings and the development of culturally safe and inclusive practice among multicultural, faith-based and LGBTI communities, health and wellbeing providers and community organisations. LGBTIQ Intersect has been developed by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) in collaboration with GLHV@ARCSHS, La Trobe University (GLHV)

Keywords: LBGTIQ, Practice
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Full report of the Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD) Experiences of Racism Survey, published by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (2013)

Keywords: racism, CALD
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Prepared by Mental Health in Multicultural Australia for the National Mental Health Commission (2013)

The purpose of this study was to examine:

  • What is known about the mental health of immigrant and refugee communities in Australia
  • Whether Australian mental health research pays adequate attention to cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD) in the Australian population
  • Whether national mental health data collections support evidence-informed mental health policy and practice and mental health reform in multicultural Australia

The recommendations, based on the main findings, are intended to contribute to the development of a culture of inclusion in Australian mental health research.
 

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This publication was produced by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), 2019

Keywords: CALD
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The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards User Guide for Health Service Organisations Providing Care to People from Migrant and Refugee Backgrounds aims to support health service organisations to implement the NSQHS Standards and provide safe and high-quality care that meets the needs of people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Category: Resource, User guide

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