The Collaborative intends to work at the national level to give a voice to the broad health and wellbeing needs, including research, of Australia’s culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.
The Collaborative will represent the voices of wide-ranging CALD health and wellbeing issues at the national level through a formal membership structure which includes CALD consumers, together with health and wellbeing services, health and social care practitioners, researchers, and organisations and institutions for whom the primary focus is health for CALD populations. The Collaborative welcomes as members ‘mainstream’ services and organisations with a significant commitment to CALD health and wellbeing, and will enter into partnerships with relevant national organisations. The title ‘Collaborative’ is significant as an indication as to how members will work – that is, in genuine collaboration on agreed priority areas, drawing on each other’s areas of focus and expertise on particular issues.
The Collaborative acknowledges the important work of RHeaNA, FASSTT, SCoA, RCOA and the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership and looks forward to supporting and promoting their activities.
For more information, read the Foundation Document and a one page overview on how the Collaborative works.
The Group has been formed to guide the initial establishment of the Collaborative. Members reflect the membership categories of the Collaborative: consumers; health and wellbeing services; practitioners; and researchers.
Over time an ongoing governance structure will be developed for endorsement by members.