Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Health Advisory Group

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Health Advisory Group works in partnership with the department to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for multicultural people and communities.

Role

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities Health Advisory Group provides a two-way communication channel between the Australian Government and multicultural communities.

It provides expertise, advice and recommendations to shape culturally safe policy and communications to improve health and wellbeing for people and communities from multicultural backgrounds.

The advisory group includes representation from: 

  • multicultural community leaders
  • public health and medical experts
  • Department of Health and Aged Care
  • Department of Home Affairs
  • state and territory governments.

Background

The Australian Government is committed to improving health equity for people from CALD backgrounds and to learning from the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It established the advisory group in December 2020 as the CALD Communities COVID-19 Health Advisory Group, to provide advice about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian Government expanded the advisory group’s remit to advise on broader health and wellbeing matters for multicultural communities from 1 January 2023.

Terms of reference

Members

Role

Name

Organisation

Chair

Ms Celia Street

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Member

Ms Carita Davis

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Member

Mr Mohammad Al‑Khafaji

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia

Member

Ms Sandra Elhelw Wright

Settlement Council of Australia

Member

Dr Erika Gonzalez Garcia

Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators  

Member Ms Carmel Guerra Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

Member

Mrs Maria Johns

Multicultural Aged Care (PICAC Alliance)
Member Ms Nikki Hogan Mental Health Australia (Embrace Multicultural Mental Health)

Member

Mrs Bronwyn Morris-Donovan

Allied Health Professions Australia

Member

Dr Adele Murdolo

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Member

A/Prof Georgia Paxton

Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne

Member

Professor Christine Phillips

Refugee Health Network of Australia

Member Ms Julie Reeves Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Member

Dr Ines Rio

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network - Health expert 

Member Tarina Rubis Social Policy Group

Member

Mr Andrei Seeto

Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

Member

Prof Helen Skouteris

Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science at Monash University

Member

Mrs Andrea Vancia

Brisbane South Primary Health Network - Health expert

Member

Dr Kate Walker

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Observer Mr Dilli Binadi State and Territory Representative, Northern Territory
Observer Professor Ben Cowie State and Territory Representative, Victoria
Observer TBA State and Territory Representative, New South Wales

Observer

Ms Emma Denehy

State and Territory Representative, South Australia

Observer Ms Astrid Lee State and Territory Representative, Western Australia

Observer

Ms Melanie Nicholls

State and Territory Representative, Queensland

Observer Dr Deren Pillay State and Territory Representative, Tasmania
Observer Mx George Vallance State and Territory Representative, Australian Capital Territory

Communiques

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