Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) is a broad term used to describe the many communities and people within the NWMPHN region who have diverse languages, ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, religions, health beliefs, social structures and customs such as food and dress which differ from the majority.
These differences are often not considered by our health system, which can lead to individuals and communities’ receiving inappropriate care, becoming isolated from the system, and experiencing higher rates of adverse health outcomes.
Victoria is Australia’s most culturally diverse state, and the NWMPHN region reflects this. In several local government areas (LGAs) in the NWMPHN area, over 40% of people speak a language other than English at home.
NWMPHN does targeted work with CALD communities to ensure health services and health professionals deliver culturally responsive and equitable services, and to address cultural and linguistic barriers to quality healthcare.
NWMPHN has additional dedicated program areas to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and refugee and asylum seeker health.
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