Despite the fact that Australia is a multi-cultural society and includes a large number of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds, our understanding of the drivers of alcohol and other drug use, associated problems and appropriate treatments among CaLD communities in Australia is limited by the paucity of research with these groups. Nearly half of the Australian population was either born overseas (26%) or had at least one parent who was born abroad (19%). Some people from CaLD backgrounds face a variety of challenges when settling in Australia, for instance, they often need to learn a new language, adjust to new social and cultural norms, encounter financial difficulties, have fewer social supports and incur structural racism. Even though it appears that alcohol and other drug use among CaLD communities is lower than among the general population, some individuals from these communities are at increased risk of mental health issues including problematic use of alcohol and other drugs.
UnitingCare West is a proud partner of Multicultural Futures. Knowing that we can depend on the team to readily collaborate and walk alongside us to support people who need our combined skills and abilities in order to have their goals met is, quite simply, fantastic.
Access Housing and Multicultural Futures have a well-established, collaborative working relationship going back many years. We look forward to continuing and building upon this relationship into the years ahead as we partner to assist some of the community’s most vulnerable people.
We rely heavily on the support of agencies and programs such as Multicultural Futures in order to ensure best outcomes and recovery for people. The contribution of this flexible and culturally sensitive agency is a partnership that we will continue to build and foster.
With help from Multicultural Futures, we now stand on our own feet and by paying tax hopefully, we can give the opportunity for another family to make change for a more peaceful and prosperous life.
We highly valued Multicultural Futures’ contribution to developing our first Cultural Diversity Strategy. They brought a wealth of cultural insight and strong community connections with newly settled Cockburn community members which ensured a rich diversity of views were captured.
I feel much more confident in my interactions with families from migrant or refugee background.
There are things I can do now to help improve my intercultural communication efficiency – from strategies listed by participants
I loved learning about the different communications styles of different cultures and the importance of my own personal cultural glasses
Even though I thought I had great understanding of cultural awareness I realise I need to continue to develop my skills and knowledge