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eCALD Newsletter 36: November 2018

Wednesday, November 07, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, wellbeing, research, migrants, refugees, older people

Kia ora and welcome to our 36th edition

eCALD® Research Commentary [25th Edition] November 2018

This commentary focuses on the research evidence on cultural competency training and its effects on practitioners’ knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviour. Addressing health workforce cultural competence is a common approach to improving health service quality for culturally and ethnically diverse groups.

The articles reviewed report on the intervention strategies, outcomes, and measures of included the studies with the purpose of informing the implementation and evaluation of future interventions to improve health workforce cultural competence.

Migration Trends 2016/2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)’s Migration Trends 2016/2017 annual report is the 17th in a series that examines trends in temporary and permanent migration to and from New Zealand. The report updates trends to 2016/17 and compares recent immigration patterns with patterns identified in previous years.

Older Asian Migrants’ Psychological Well-being

An Auckland University of Technology (AUT) study shows that strong relationships in community networks are important for older Asian migrants’ psychological well-being. The study found ethnic enclaves and volunteering were "pivotal" for the wellbeing of late-life recent Asian migrants. It found that mainstream community, health and social services are not the vehicle of choice for these elder Asian migrants to achieve health gains.

The report "Late-life Asian immigrants managing wellness through contributing to socially embedded networks" is calling for more resourcing to enable migrants to help one another.

Inequities for Maori, Pacific and Indian mothers and babies

The latest report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC, 2018) shows inequities for Maori, Pacific and Indian mothers and babies. There were significantly higher neonatal death rates for babies without congenital anomalies of Maori, Pacific and Indian mothers compared to mothers of Other Asian, Other European and New Zealand European ethnic groupings.

After accounting for the effects of maternal age, body mass index (BMI), socioeconomic status, parity, smoking, multiple pregnancy, baby sex, and year of birth, there remained a higher risk of death after birth at 20 to 24 weeks gestation among babies of Maori, Pacific and Indian mothers, which suggests that there were other factors increasing risk for these women.


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CALD refers to culturally and linguistically diverse groups who are migrants and refugees from Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African (MELAA) backgrounds.

This eCALD Newsletter is produced by the eCALD Service at the Waitemata DHB.

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