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Description   Australia has a large number of people of non-English speaking background (NESB).  The experience of migration (especially for refugees of war), language barriers and cultural background can influence their health and their engagement with health services.  The influence of language and culture is reflected in more recent description of these communities as comprising people of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Information & Support
Search tip: Many government and health condition sites contain information about issues and programs for NESB people.

Diversity Health Institute Clearinghouse  A central access point for Australian multicultural health services, resources, research and projects, training, and events.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia Policy, research and links on mental health issues affecting NESB people.

Multicultural Health Communication Service
  South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service site providing on-line information sheets in a number of different community languages about common health conditions.

National 24 hour translator service Information from Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs on translator services.