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eCALD Newsletter 22: September 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, research, migrants, resources, asian health, health

Kia ora and welcome to our 22nd edition.

eCALD® Research Commentary [11th Edition]

This research commentary focuses on the experiences of migrant and refugee background families, of palliative care in New Zealand and in other settlement societies. As well, the review examines the challenges faced by the health workforce trying to develop culturally competent palliative care for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) patients and their families. This edition focuses on the experiences of adults and older people at the end of life and the next edition will focus on palliative/end of life care for CALD children and their families.

Growing up in New Zealand (GUINZ) Study: Now We Are Four

To date, Growing Up in New Zealand has released four comprehensive descriptive reports with results from their cohort before birth, at nine months, at two and at four years old.

The latest report is Now We Are Four: Describing the preschool years provides insight into the health and wellbeing, and social and emotional functioning of New Zealand four year olds. A key strength of Growing Up in New Zealand is that the diversity of children and families being followed is comparable to the children being born in New Zealand today. One in four cohort children is identified as Māori by their mother at the age of four years, one in five as Pacific and one in six as Asian.

The Association of Nutrition Action (ANA) Asian Forum 2017

Don’t miss out! The theme of the one day FREE 2017 Asian Forum, hosted by ANA, is “Communicating nutrition and physical activity messages in a culturally responsive way for Asian communities”. It aims to strengthen the public health workforce to improve Asian health outcome.

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Location: Sorrento in the Park (One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Auckland).

RSVP is required for catering purposes. Numbers are limited.

Find out more about the ANA Asian Forum 2017, including how to register.

Identification and Management of Elderly Asians at Risk of Suicide in the Community and Nursing Homes

Literature tells us that older adults - particularly males - have one of the highest rates of suicide in almost all regions of the world (WHO 2014). Locally there have been increasing concerns about rising numbers of suicides among Asian older people. Many factors such as physical ill health, losses, loneliness, depression and concerns about burdening their younger generations are deemed to be possible risk factors. What are the 
warning signs one can detect thus facilitating early identification and intervention for those 
at risk?

Psycho-geriatrician Dr Gary Cheung will present to the Auckland Cross-Cultural Interest Group on Wednesday 11th October about a review of the international literature and 
apply his local experience and research to expound on some of these factors. He will also discuss about measures to 
identify with a view to manage those at risk. The session will be accessible face-to-face and concurrently on the webcast for those who are not able to attend in person.

Find out more about upcoming Dr Cheung's presentation to the Auckland Cross-Cultural Interest Group.

Radiology Patient Information in Arabic Language

eCALD® Services collaborated with the Southern DHB Radiology Department to create generic Patient Information in Arabic language relating to:

  • “How to Prepare for Scan”;
  • “How to Prepare for Pelvic Examination”; and
  • “Information about X-Ray appointment”.

This is useful information for patients to come prepared for their appointments.

Support Group for Chinese Families of Patients with Major Psychiatric Disorders: An Evaluation and Lessons Learnt

This Cross-Cultural Newsletter provides a summary of what was presented by a number of speakers on the 28th July 2017. The presentation included the sharing of experiences by Chinese families of clients with severe mental illness and consumers’ perspective. Other presenters discussed the support group needs, dynamics and lessons learnt from the group development as well as a summary of the literature review on cross cultural perspective serving as a comparison between the actual experiences and what is found in the global literature.

The edited version of the presentation is available in a DVD format.

Auckland Emergency Management Resources in Chinese Language

Auckland Emergency Management has created a short video in Chinese (Mandarin) as well as in English language to inform people about:

  • the role and function of Auckland Emergency Management;
  • how to get prepared;
  • how to find information and
  • how to sign up for warning information.

Find out more how to access this emergency management resource in Mandarin and feel free to share this information.


View previous editions of this eCALD newsletter.

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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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