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
Australians were born in almost 200 different countries. More than one in four people in NSW were born overseas.
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.
Spiritual and Religious Diversity
Religious and spiritual beliefs can be a personal determinant of enablement. They can also influence components of enablement.
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.
Working with Refugees
People who come to Australia as refugees have complex healthcare needs.