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eCALD Newsletter 24: November 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, migrants, research, children, asian health, mental health, suicide, disease, refugees

Kia ora and welcome to our 24th edition.

eCALD® Research Commentary [13th Edition]

This review offers innovative approaches to culturally appropriate health promotion for ethnically diverse migrant populations. North American, as well as New Zealand research studies exemplify successful health interventions to improve maternal health, and prevent cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes in Asian and other ethnically diverse populations. Critical to success are partnership with communities, tailored and targeted programs and language appropriate facilitation and resources.

Starting Strong: Nurturing the potential of our Asian under-fives

Almost one in five children under 5 in New Zealand are now of Asian ethnicity. The number almost doubled between 2001 and 2013 from 18,378 to 35,898.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation this week released a new study “Starting Strong: Nurturing the potential of our Asian under-fives”. The report provides an insight into the experiences of Asian families and ECE centres with regard to heritage language and cultural maintenance. It brings to light the potential benefits of fostering Asian children’s cultural and linguistic capital to enhance New Zealander’s cultural competency for working with the many Asian communities settled here. Some ways to support heritage language and cultural maintenance is identified by participants in the study.

The Befriending Telephone Line: an Innovative Approach to Provide Support and Engagement of Lonely Elderly Chinese at Risk of Poor Mental Health and Suicide

Don’t miss out! This Cross-Cultural Interest Group is part of a follow up presentation of the previous topic on “Identification and Prevention of Suicide among Elderly Chinese in the community”.

Dr Gary Cheung and Mr John Wong (QSM) will be sharing about a project which they just started, involving the provision of service and the research on the evidence based for the effectiveness of such a project. The session will be accessible face-to-face and concurrently on the webcast for those who are not able to attend in person.

Online immunisation catch-up calculator for migrant and refugee children wins Clinician’s Challenge Award 2017

An online immunisation catch-up calculator proposal to help lessen the workload of practice nurses having to calculate ‘catch-up’ immunisations for migrant and refugee children, has won a Clinician’s Challenge award at the Clinicians’ Challenge 2017 - a joint initiative by the Ministry of Health and Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ).

Southern DHB’s Jillian Boniface and Leanne Liggett proposed an online immunisation catch-up calculator for immigrant or refugee children to bring them in line with the New Zealand schedule. Planning immunisation catch ups is a complex, time consuming and manual process for busy practice nurses. An online immunisation calculator would simplify data collection, improve workflow efficiencies, support timely clinical delivery and ensure the National Immunisation Register is updated.


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