The focus for the 2013 Multicultural Heath Week is Working together for safe, quality care, with an emphasis on medication safety.
Every year 190,000 Australians are admitted to hospital for medicine-related problems , and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, especially those with limited English, are at significant risk due to language and culture barriers.
Through a number of events,as well as information and resources, the week’s theme acknowledges the role of health care professionals and people from CALD backgrounds in managing patient's safe use of medication.
The week also looks at how the issues of miscommunication can cause problems in health care settings and what can be done to improve health communication so as to improve the quality of health services delivery. Moreover, it is an opportunity to consider CALD communities as an integral part of the ageing population, what their needs are as they increase in age, and how to build an inclusive health system for all.
All health care workers, patients, patient's families and care givers have a role in ensuring mutual understanding through communication.
Together we can make safe, quality care a reality.
Specific messages and resources available for Health care professionals,multicultural communities and the media
This year marks the fifth year Multicultural Health week celebrated.