Australia Central Queensland health study finds regional diverse communities at 'significant disadvantage'

01:25  12 april  2021
01:25  12 april  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

Queensland records one new coronavirus case

  Queensland records one new coronavirus case The new patient is a man who drank at the Black Hops Brewery on the Gold Coast on March 20, which was listed as an exposure site during the outbreak, and he was isolated through his infectious time.The new patient is a man who drank at the Black Hops Brewery on the Gold Coast on March 20, which was listed as an exposure site during the outbreak.

When Bangladesh-born Shelly Nahar and her son moved to Rockhampton three years ago, she was still learning to speak English.

Even small talk was daunting, let alone explaining problems to a health professional.

"When I feel any problems and when I feel uncomfortable, of course, I'll ask my husband first," Ms Nahar said.

"Then I will ask [other family or friends], and sometimes I [search] the internet."

Ms Nahar is among the 10 per cent of Australia's population born in countries with a non-English-speaking background.

A Central Queensland Multicultural Association (CQMA) pilot project, Breaking the Barriers of Health Communication, found English proficiency was among many barriers to health care facing culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people.

Michael McCormack and secret group of ministers funded projects against department recommendations

  Michael McCormack and secret group of ministers funded projects against department recommendations The scale of the projects chosen by the ministerial panel raises further questions about ministerial intervention in government grant schemes. In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2019 election, Mr McCormack announced $200 million in spending under the third round of the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) for 330 projects across Australia.A number of projects that received funding were publicly championed by Mr McCormack and other Nationals members of parliament in a series of press conferences and announcements at the time.

It found CALD people in regional areas were at a higher risk of preventable diseases, complications, increased hospitalisation and increased mortality due to low health literacy.

'English is our second language'

Nepalese woman Dev Shrestha said the weeks following the birth of her son, Evan, were  "a really scary time".

"I'm a new mum, so I have got a few issues with concern to my baby," she said.

"We couldn't figure out what it was, so I had to get tips from my medical friends."

The Rockhampton mum said it took three trips to the emergency department and countless GP appointments for the six-month-old to be diagnosed with eczema, but they were still waiting to see a specialist.

"I felt living in a regional area was a bit of a disadvantage," she said.

Minneapolis vowed to dismantle its police department. Is change finally coming?

  Minneapolis vowed to dismantle its police department. Is change finally coming? The city may put its police force under a department of public safety.The Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis is surrounded by concrete barriers, chain-link fencing, and barbed wire. Nearby buildings have boarded up their storefront windows. Members of the National Guard have been patrolling the area, and Minneapolis’s mayor and police chief said the law enforcement presence at the site of Floyd’s death — as well as throughout the city — will only increase as the trial continues.

While Ms Srestha's English proficiency is good, she said she'd seen others from non-English-speaking backgrounds struggle.

"People might need someone who can explain things to them better because sometimes you can't understand the terminology that doctors use in the medical field," she said.

"I think the majority of the CALD community also have similar kinds of issues, especially those living in regional areas."

'This population is deprived'

The pilot project's leader, Neeta Ferdous, completed her Masters and PhD on the health of CALD communities in Australia.

Recommendations from the project have been given to federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on how to break down barriers and where resources are needed.

"We found this population is deprived of all the resources and facilities that metropolitan CALD people have," Dr Ferdous said.

"Regional, rural and remote CALD people are not getting those sorts of facilities or resources and we need to know where the problem is and [find] the solution."

Changing the Liberal Party’s blokey culture means starting with Queensland

  Changing the Liberal Party’s blokey culture means starting with Queensland Former Queensland Liberal senator Sue Boyce thinks that 'pragmatism will ultimately triumph'. But it's no doubt an uphill battle.The telling figures that demonstrate the recidivist state of the Queensland LNP come from the Liberal Party itself. A Menzies Research Centre study on gender and politics published in 2020 shows that Queensland was the only state to go backwards in terms of the number of female candidates at the last federal election, while overall the national number edged up slightly.

The study used data collected from 40 healthcare consumers and 15 public and private health professionals.

CQUniversity and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service helped facilitate the research.

"In terms of health literacy, Rockhampton's CALD population is more disadvantaged than the broader Queensland population, as well as the broader Australia-wide born overseas population," the report stated.

"These results are significant because they suggest that being both regionally based and CALD compounds disadvantage in terms of healthcare access and engagement."

Resources under-utilised or not available

Rockhampton exercise physiologist Samuel Warrener said he had minimal cultural training at university.

"We just try and look after them as best we can with the knowledge and pre-existing experience that we have, and asking them about themselves," he said.

"It's really important that we do get to know their background so that we know where they're coming from and that way, we can make them as comfortable as we can when they come in and see us.

How demands for dowry and domestic duties can become weapons of coercive control

  How demands for dowry and domestic duties can become weapons of coercive control For many women in multicultural communities, recognising abuse is just as difficult as escaping it. But experts believe refining the law may be able to help.She would return home in the evening, and then the demands for dinner would start.

"If you're not comfortable, you're probably not going to take on any advice that we give."

Pilot project officer Evie Perrins said professionals had not been using available resources, including translators or communication boards, which was contributing to communication difficulties.

"Health professionals within this region can choose to undertake cultural competency training … but it's not mandatory, whereas comparatively, Indigenous cultural competency training is mandatory," she said.

"People from different cultures have different cultural interpretations of what health and illness look like, which can be difficult to overcome in a healthcare setting."

Ms Perrins said social support systems in metropolitan areas should be expanded across Queensland.

"Something like a multicultural liaison officer should be introduced to help bridge the cultural and linguistic gap between healthcare consumers and healthcare professionals [to assist individuals] navigating the healthcare system and speaking with their health professional," she said.

Further research needed

The pilot project looked at people from 15 different countries, so Dr Ferdous said its scope was limited.

"There's more research needed into exactly which cultures are going to suffer heightened disadvantage comparatively," she said.

Researchers said the release of the report was timely considering COVID and its impact on CALD communities.

Central Queensland Multicultural Association president Dawn Hay said the organisation already helped vulnerable people, but much more needed to be done.

"It would be disappointing if it is not recognised at Commonwealth and state level in the healthcare systems that this is a growing concern, it's not minor," she said.A federal Department of Health spokesman said CQMA submitted its final progress report in early April and the government was considering the recommendations.

MAFS star Dean Wells is outraged over calls for diversity in Bluey .
Former Married At First Sight star Dean Wells has reinvented himself as a politically incorrect social critic since his controversial stint on the Nine show. And in his latest rant, the outraged reality star has taken aim at ABC journalist Beverly Wang, who called for more diversity in the children's cartoon Bluey.Wells, 43, posted screenshots of an ABC article that argued the cartoon needed more 'disabled, queer, poor, gender diverse, dogs of colour and single-parent dog families'.

usr: 0
This is interesting!