The CALD Resources website is
developed and managed by WDHB Asian Health Support Services. It
provides a platform for health practitioners to access resources to:
- Establish cultural competence
- Support and enable cultural and language appropriate
interactions with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
With the growing diversity of the
population in New Zealand, health practitioners are experiencing
more cross-cultural interactions with migrant and refugee
patients from linguistic, cultural and religious diverse
backgrounds. As a result The Ministry of Health now requires
District Health Boards to provide services that acknowledge the
diversity of cultures and ensure services are accessible,
culturally appropriate, effective and safe.
The website is intended to be
the single platform for all health practitioners looking for such
resources and continues to be developed.
In New Zealand,
the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA)
requires registration authorities to set standards of clinical
competence and cultural competence.
Click here to view a list of the cultural competence
standards set by The Medical Council NZ, The Royal NZ College of
GPs, Nursing Council of NZ, The Aotearoa NZ Association of
Social Workers, etc or go to the website of your professional
body to find out more about the standards.
Cultural competence refers to an ability to communicate and
interact effectively with people of different cultures. Cultural
competence comprises four components: cultural awareness,
sensitivity, knowledge and skills.
This website offers the following range of resources: