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The Metro South Health region is the most culturally diverse area in Queensland, with over 28 per cent of the population born overseas and 41 per cent whose first language isn’t English.
By offering targeted services that meet the needs of our communities, we aim to improve the health of all culturally and linguistically diverse people in our region.
Our main CALD services include:
We assist Metro South Health teams with translating information and producing multilingual resources. We work closely with the Metro South Health Interpreter Service.
Our community nutritionists promote healthy eating to a diverse range of communities, often in partnership with community groups and other government services.
They also support health service providers and community organisations to provide culturally appropriate dietary advice.
We support external agencies and Metro South Health teams to improve the care of people from culturally diverse communities. A Cultural Diversity Coordinator provides advice on multicultural communication, leads service improvement activities and coordinates staff training.
The community nutritionists and Cultural Diversity Coordinator are part of the Access and Capacity-building Team.
The Refugee Health Service provides specialist health care and advice for refugees and asylum seekers in our region, especially those who have newly arrived. It also works with other community organisations and care providers. See refugees and asylum seekers for more information.