Consumer Enablement Guide

Back to accessibility links

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Personal attributes such as culture, language, religion, family, education, and social background are determinants of enablement that can positively or negatively affect how well a person can look after their health.

Working effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people and communities is essential for healthcare providers in NSW given the diversity in our population.

Principles for working with CALD people

LEARN MORE

Cultural Diversity

Australians were born in almost 200 different countries. More than one in four people in NSW were born overseas.

LEARN MORE

Linguistic Diversity

One in three people in NSW speaks a language other than English at home and nearly one in 20 does not speak English well or at all.

LEARN MORE

Spiritual and Religious Diversity

Religious and spiritual beliefs can be a personal determinant of enablement. They can also influence components of enablement.

LEARN MORE

Working with Vulnerable People

The ability to access appropriate healthcare is a major component of a person’s enablement. People from CALD backgrounds can face multiple barriers to accessible healthcare, including the following.

LEARN MORE

Working with Refugees

People who come to Australia as refugees have complex healthcare needs.

LEARN MORE