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eCALD Newsletter 28: April 2018

Wednesday, April 04, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, research, migrants, health, resources, Eating Disorders, language

Kia ora and welcome to our 28th edition

eCALD® Research Commentary [17th Edition]

Language assistance services (LAS), such as interpreting and translation services are critical to bridge the communication gap and ensure people with limited English language proficiency can access public services and information to which they are entitled.

Central Government agencies are working together under the leadership of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) on a multi-year work programme to

  1. improve the quality, consistency and coordination of language assistance services provided across the New Zealand public sector;
  2. provide equitable access to public services for those with limited English language proficiency and
  3. future-proof New Zealand’s public services to serve an increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse population.

This review focuses on research in the health sector on the use of interpreters. Five articles are reviewed including interpreters in: general practice, mental health settings, emergency departments and in-patient wards; diabetes consultations; and in breaking down language barriers between nurses and patients.

Cervical, Breast and Bowel Screening Resources in Multiple Languages

DID YOU KNOW! The Ministry of Health’s National Screening Unit now has a Time to Screen website which provides information and resources relating to cancer screening programmes: breast, cervical and bowel screening. The home page provides three buttons that directs viewers to information and resources.

You can find translated information in English and other languages under the resources pages.

Cross-Cultural Newsletter

The latest issue provides a summary of the 27th February 2018 presentation "Great Pretenders in Cultural Psychiatry - 2 Cases of Masked Eating Disorders Presenting in Other Forms: Chicken or Egg?" - provided by Dr Roger Mysliwiec and Ms Kellie Lavender who are experts in treating eating disorders. The discussants presented two cases of eating problems.

The summary provides a brief history of the cases and includes analysis of cultural attitudes to restrictive eating and to obesity, as well the impact of the side effects of the antipsychotic medication. It also provides suggestions relating to diagnosis and treatment.

There was no recording for the session due to the need to preserve the confidentiality of the cases.


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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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