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eCALD Newsletter 40: March 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, research, migrants, health, conferences, mental wellbeing, refugees

Kia ora and welcome to our 40th edition.

eCALD® Research Commentary (29th Edition): March 2019

This review focuses on effective models of mental health care for refugees. This review is in response to the unprecedented upsurge in the number of refugees worldwide, the New Zealand Government has increased the refugee quota from 2019 to 1500 quota refugees annually.

The review considers contemporary issues in the refugee mental health field, including developments in research, conceptual models, social and psychological interventions and policy. Ideally, resettlement countries should offer social and therapeutic interventions, integration in mainstream mental health services, rehabilitation and special programmes for vulnerable groups. This review and the previous Asian mental health review are useful information for the development of effective models of mental health care for refugee and migrant populations in New Zealand.

MOH Resources with 1737 assist for those in mental distress as a result of the traumatic event in Christchurch

Two resources with 1737 to assist those in mental distress as a result of the traumatic event in Christchurch have been developed by the Ministry of Health.

They are currently available in English and Arabic languages on the Ministry of Health website.

Watch out for other languages such as Malay, Farsi, Urdu etc that will be made available in the coming days. The Ministry webpage also provides advice to people with symptoms of distress or stress and where to get help and professional support. Please help promote this webpage to reach out to those who need the information and support. Additionally, if you think someone you know need mental health wellbeing support or advice following the terror attack in Christchurch on Friday, call or text 1737 at any time to speak to a trained counsellor.

Pathways, Diversity and Inclusion Conference: 19th and 20th November 2019

The Pathways conference for this year organised by Capturing the Diversity Dividend of Aotearoa/New Zealand (CaDDANZ) team will be held in Auckland at the Massey University on the 19th - 20th November 2019. The theme of the conference is "Diversities of Migration: Between Difference and Inequalities". Save the date.

Exploring metropolitan super-diversity through data visualisation

Massey University researcher Professor Paul Spoonley presented at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney in October 2018. The concept of “super-diversity” refers to the multi-dimensional character of social difference in 21st century gateway cities. Although the term is now in widespread use amongst scholars, policy-makers and practitioners working on issues of migration and multiculturalism, there remains confusion over what super-diversity is and how it has developed over time in specific city contexts.

His presentation provided an overview of data visualization of ‘big data’ on various dimensions of metropolitan super-diversity in Sydney, Vancouver and Auckland. The ensuing interactive workshops introduced and taught participants how to use cutting-edge data visualisation tools to explore, analyse, interpret and display big data on various dimensions of metropolitan super-diversity.

Cross Cultural Interest Group Newsletter: March 2019

The Cross-Cultural Interest Group’s February 2019 session presented the topic on “The role of Age Concern in elder abuse and neglect”. The speakers of the session were Kai Quan (Team Leader of Vulnerability to Resilience (V2R) Service, Age Concern Auckland) and Suzanne Joseph (Elder Abuse Community Support Worker Disability Information and Advice Coordinator and Older People’s Programme Coordinator).

The presenter provided a comprehensive overview of elder abuse and its related social issues. Case studies involving a Chinese and a Pacific older woman were presented to illustrate the complexity of elder abuse and its interaction with cultural beliefs, expectation and traditions. Find out more from the recorded session.


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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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