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March 2016 Newsletter

eCALD® 3rd News Edition

Check out the new and upcoming conferences and seminars which are taking registration now! You can access a range of smoking cessation and smokefree; Arabic-language; Middle Eastern-related and Disability Support resources. Other news includes a new Asian social housing project and the CALD Family Violence Resource for Health Providers. Do you know you can download the Asian Health in Aotearoa PDF version or obtain a hard copy for free. Since our national rollout, our CALD course uptake is over 15,000.

Chinese Family Autism Support

Chinese Families Autism Support Group Meeting Tuesday 15th March 2016

The Parent and Family Resource Centre (trading as Disability Connect) is pleased to announce the next Chinese Families Autism Support Group Meeting in March 2016. The topic of this meeting will be on Dance Therapy, how it helps children with Autism and the type of programmes offered by Dance Therapy NZ. There is also a short experimental workshop for parents. Free entry and free lunch provided. Registration required.

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Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa Seminar Series 2016

DON’T MISS THIS!! The Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa (PADA) proudly presents the 2016 Asian Perinatal Health Services Seminar in Auckland this year on Wednesday 6 April 2016, at the AMI Netball Centre, 44 Northcote Road, Takapuna. The seminar provides professional development for those working in the environment where they are supporting families affected by mental illness related to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood from low to severe distress.

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ACMA Conference

ACMA Presents ACCMA Conference 2016: Chinese Health in Australasia

DON’T MISS THIS INTERESTING CONFERENCE!! The Auckland Chinese Medical Association (ACMA) proudly presents the Australasian Chinese Combined Medical Association (ACCMA) Conference in Auckland this year on Saturday 9 April 2016, at the Waipuna Conference Centre in Mount Wellington. This year’s focus is on “Chinese Health in Australasia” showcasing research and information on Chinese health as well as initiatives and useful resources for health workforce working with Chinese patients.

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CCIG Flyer

Cross-Cultural Interest Group presents “Benzodiazepine Misuse in the Asian Population: Prevention and Management of Dependence” at 6pm, 22 March 2016

ENROL QUICK!! The Cross-Cultural Interest Group presents the forthcoming session on the above topic and would like to invite you to the evening session. The session is also available on the webcast for those who cannot attend in person. RSVP required by 18th March 2016.

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Disability Support Guide

Disability Support Guides in Chinese, Korean and Arabic languages

Disability Connect has produced these exceptional resources, the first of its kind in New Zealand. You can order free hard copy of these guides from Disability Connect.

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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation and Smokefree Resources for CALD Clients

Information about Smoking Cessation and Smokefree service as well as translated information relating to “Benefits of Quitting”; “Cigarette smoke harms your family”; and “Drinking and Smoking” for CALD clients are available on

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Resources and Info in Arabic

Resources and Information in Arabic Language

Arabic is the official language of Syria and many other countries. If you are supporting Syrian and other Arabic-speaking refugees, there are Arabic language resources and information available on relating to smoking cessation; anxiety, disruptive disorders, depression, anorexia nervosa in children; disability support guide, as well as information about services such as Lifeline, Refugees as Survivors, Muslim Women’s Swimming Programme, LMC and Obstetricians.

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Info about Middle Eastern Population

Information about Middle Eastern Population and Services

Are you working with people from Middle Eastern background? has publication that provides information about demography, socioeconomic determinants, utilisation of health services and unmet needs of Middle Eastern people. As well, you can access information about migrant and refugee services that are useful for Middle Eastern population.

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Chinese New Settlers Services Trust (CNSST): Social Housing Building

Good news! The construction of the first social housing project “Pensioner housing for Asian seniors”, a four level building of 36 rooms, in Panmure for CNSST to help Chinese and Korean elderly people, is expected to start on 12 February 2016 and to be completed in August 2017. A sod turning ceremony was recently held.

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CALD Family Violence

CALD Family Violence Resource for Health Practitioners working with Asian, Middle Eastern and African clients

This supplementary resource provides an overview of partner abuse, child abuse and neglect and the health and social consequences of family violence from the Asian, Middle Eastern and African cultural perspective. It also provides you with some family violence case studies to reflect on.


Asian Health Aotearoa

Asian Health in Aotearoa in 2011-2013

BRAND NEW STUDY!! This report contains analysis of time trends in the health status of Asian participants interviewed in recent New Zealand Health Surveys, which recruit nationally representative samples of the resident New Zealand population. PDF version and hard copies are available!!


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