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April 2016 Special Newsletter Edition

eCALD® 6th Special News Edition

In this edition you can find out more about Benzodiazepine Misuse in the Asian population, the Cross-Cultural Resource for Health Practitioners working with CALD clients, and the Toolkit for Staff Working in Culturally Diverse Health Environment.

Cross-Cultural Newsletter

Cross-Cultural Newsletter: Benzodiazepine Misuse in the Asian population: Prevention and Management of Dependence [2016]


Dr Vicki Macfarlane and David Prentice from the Medical Detoxification Services of Community Alcohol and Drugs Services (CADS) in Auckland provided a talk to the Auckland Cross-Cultural Interest Group, hosted by Dr Sai Wong on 22nd March 2016. The topic covers information about the nature of benzodiazepines and the harms associated with benzodiazepines including dependence and addiction; management of dependency; the work of CADS team, and case vignettes to illustrate the range of problems. The newsletter provides a summary of the talk and how to access a DVD or the power-point presentation.

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Cross Cultural Resource desktop kit

Cross Cultural Resource for Health Practitioners Working with CALD Clients [Desktop kit]


This is a useful desktop guide for health practitioners working with CALD clients/patients from Asian, Middle Eastern and African cultures. Sections include general information about cultural competency, effective communication and working with interpreters; brief and generalised information about Asian cultures (Chinese, Koreans, Indians, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Burmese); brief information about Eastern Mediterranean and African cultures (Burundian, Somalian, Sudanese, Ethiopian, Afghani, Iraqi, Iranian).

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Staff Toolkit

Staff Working in a Culturally Diverse Health Environment [e-Toolkit]


New Zealand is increasingly culturally diverse with Auckland ranking as the most superdiverse city globally. More than 122 ethnic groups reside in the Auckland region and 25 per cent of the regions peoples are of Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American or African origin. Our health populations and workforce are superdiverse in the Auckland region, where most new migrants arrive and settle. In health settings, there are increasing cross-cultural interactions between health providers and their clients/patients, as well as between managers and employees and within teams. This e-toolkit is a useful guide for staff working in culturally diverse health work environments. It provides reflective questions and case examples to illustrate some of the principles.

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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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