During Multicultural Health Week, we came together with multicultural communities and groups to celebrate diversity at our annual Multicultural Leaders Forum.
During Multicultural Health Week, we came together with multicultural communities and groups for Sydney Local Health District’s annual Multicultural Leaders Forum.
About 50 representatives from local councils, multicultural service organisations and NGOs joined the discussion about the health priorities for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
With more than 670,000 people in Sydney Local Health District, Census data reflects that only 35 per cent report Australian or English ancestry and at least 44 per cent were born overseas.
About 200 languages are spoken in the local community, and more than 50,000 people have limited English.
The District’s Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson, said the forum was an important moment to discuss how we can better work together to create the healthiest community in Australia, in Sydney Local Health District.
“Our District is one of the most diverse communities in NSW and we are very proud of that diversity,” Dr Anderson said.
“We have a commitment to ensure everyone in our District gets a voice and gets the healthcare they need.
“Last year we provided more than 160,000 interpreting sessions for more than 80 language groups.”
The District’s manager of diversity programs and strategies, Barbara Luisi, presented a new framework for working with cultural and linguistic diversity.
The framework’s vision sets out how we will partner with the community to create a healthcare system that is responsive to the varying needs of diverse populations to improve their health and wellbeing.
“We know that migration is dynamic and changes over time and there are a number of factors that affect the health of migrant communities. As a result, our health services and systems need to be dynamic, respond to changes and growth, and be flexible and well integrated.
The Forum was also an opportunity to launch a new Connecting Communities Challenge, offering funding of up to $10,000 for the implementation of a community based project that enhances the health and wellbeing of multicultural communities.