Final session in the Diversity Cafe series
The Equal Opportunity Commission was invited to co-host the seventh meeting in the Diversity Café Series with the Department of Health and the Office of Multicultural Interests on 30 November this year at Bendat Parent and Community Centre in Wembley.
With about 90 attendees, the discussion topic for the session, was Improving health equity through CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) data collection and use.
The forum was organised to bring government and not-for-profit sector health professionals together to discuss how systemic discrimination issues could be addressed through data collection.
The format was in a conversational style to encourage workshopping and ideas sharing.
A question and answer session followed each set of speakers, with three ‘buzz sessions’ held throughout the morning where tables could discuss themes presented by the speakers.
Manager Commission Services Diana MacTiernan said the collection of CaLD data was an important topic to discuss, particularly in the vital area of health services.
“Many barriers exist when it comes to collecting medically related data from the CaLD community, not just because there is often a range of diverse languages and cultures to deal with, but also lived experiences that influence a migrant’s willingness to share information,” she said.
She said all states and territories had mechanisms for remedying individual discrimination complaints, but the final frontier was to break down barriers of discrimination in social systems to enact widespread change and achieve substantive equality.
“Conversations about systemic discrimination are the ones we need to start having and that is what the Diversity Café series is trying to start,” she said.