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eCALD Newsletter 39: February 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, research, migrants, conferences, race relations, Report, awareness, refugees

Kia ora and welcome to our 39th edition.

eCALD® Research Commentary [28th Edition] February 2019

This review focuses on cultural factors impacting on access and use of mental health service by Asian young people and their family. A New Zealand study of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) cites cultural barriers for Asian families accessing CAMHS. The studies reviewed noted that Asian groups although growing have the lowest rate of access of all ethnic groups in 2015 (0.75%) and that cultural explanatory models of mental illness that differ from western biomedical models, along with stigma about attending mental health services are major factors in family reactions and responses to mental health and illness.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21st March 2019

The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21st March. This international day marks the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre when 69 black South African citizens – including 10 children – were shot to death by their own Police for protesting against racial apartheid laws. The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

Migration, Health and Wellbeing conference Otago University: 28-29 November 2019

This two-day conference aims to bring together experts in research, policy and practice for sharing, learning and paving the way for optimising migrant and refugee health and wellbeing. The conference will adhere to a social determinants of health framework which acknowledges the multifaceted factors influencing the health and wellbeing of migrants and refugees. The conference is calling for submissions across time and space on both structural (for example, policies, cultural and societal values, socioeconomic position, healthcare access) and intermediary (for example, material circumstances, and behavioural, biological and psychological factors) determinants of health.

Christchurch established as a refugee resettlement centre again

Christchurch has been reinstated as a refugee settlement location, more than seven years after the first Christchurch earthquake. About 20 quota refugees from Afghanistan and Eritrea will be resettled in Christchurch during March this year, with 40 more to be added throughout the rest of 2019. Christchurch was suspended from being a settlement location following the September 2010 earthquake, which at the time had placed significant pressure on the city's core services.

Five new refugee resettlement locationsWhanganui, Levin, Masterton, Blenheim and Timaru have been selected as refugee resettlement locations by the cross-government New Zealand Refugee Resettlement Strategy Senior Officials’ Group. The announcement was made by the immigration minister, Iain Lees-Galloway. Refugees will begin to be settled in Whanganui, Timaru and Blenheim from March 2020 while refugees will begin arriving in Masterton and Levin from May 2020.

Mental Health and Addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand: Recent trends in service use, unmet need, and information gaps

The “Mental Health and Addiction in Aotearoa New Zealand – Recent trends in service use, unmet need, and information gaps” report provides recent and previously unpublished information on the mental health and mental health service use of the groups of particular interest to the Mental Health Inquiry. The report was produced in July 2018 by Sheree Gibb and Ruth Cunningham from the University of Otago, Wellington.

Two key findings from Part 1 of the report “Mental health service use for the New Zealand population” indicate that Asian people have lower rates of service use across all measures and refugees had slightly lower rates of service use than the general population.

Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust: Multilingual settlement information service for migrants

Immigration New Zealand has recently announced the launch of “InfoNOW…in your language” to provide a multi-lingual settlement information service for recent migrants in their preferred language. The new nationwide service “InfoNOW…in your language” was launched on 1st February 2019.

The new service provides key settlement information to migrants in Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Samoan, Cambodian, Taiwanese and Japanese, with more languages being added over time.


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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.

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