ECCQ’s mission is to ensure “that all people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds have equal access to services and can fully participate in all aspects of a cohesive and harmonious Queensland”.

Health is widely recognised as an important indicator of wellbeing. Many Quality of Life frameworks include the measurement of health outcomes as a core component. It is also well established that disadvantage is positively correlated with poorer health and even premature mortality (Centre for Social Justice, UnitingCare Queensland, 2010).

A strong universal health system is the best foundation for meeting the needs of CALD communities. This universal level of provision requires an overlay of culturally appropriate services and resources to ensure that CALD clients have an equitable access to health services.

There is an increasing evidence that the cultural influences and settlement factors have an  adverse effect health and well-being of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities across Queensland.

The report by the parliamentary inquiry into chronic disease committee recommended that:

“The committee recommends that the Queensland Government ensure that chronic disease prevention programs targeting culturally and linguistically diverse communities are funded appropriately over the longer term and that the interventions are targeted and culturally appropriate, including community awareness programs to better educate and empower culturally and linguistically diverse communities on culturally acceptable methods of prevention or early intervention.” ( Recommendation 1, p.5. Social Development Committee, Report 2, January 2010)

NHRMC defines cultural competency in health as:

“A health system that is culturally competent:

(Source: NHRMC, Cultural Competency in Health, December 2005)

What we have identified

ECCQ’s health programs indicate that:

Some CALD communities  have high reported health problems. Queensland Health reports that total deaths for Samoan born residents in Queensland is 1.5 times higher than the general community and avoidable deaths are twice as high (Queensland Health Website, 2010).

What we have done

Based on best international evidence ECCQ:

What ECCQ calls for

From this, ECCQ calls for: