MH Week 2018
 
 

 

Multicultural Health Week (MHW) promotes best practice in health care and communication with people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The theme for MHW 2018 was health literacy. Activities at a state-wide and Local Health District level targeted health professionals and consumers. The aim of this year’s MHW was to raise health worker’s awareness of the importance of health literacy when working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

 

Key messages for MHW 2018 were:

  • Talk to consumers and check if they need an interpreter.
  • Listen and respond actively to consumers.
  • Ask consumers about their understanding of the health information delivered
  • For better health outcomes through effective communication

 

The MHW was launched on Monday 3 September 2018 at Liverpool Hospital. Over 140 health professionals and community members attended the event. Seventeen events were held in Local Health Districts during MHW with over 700 participants. Events included a range of professional development/education sessions for health professionals and a range of community engagement/health education sessions for consumers.



Abstracts from MH Week 2018 launch

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Ms Janice Petersen
Presenter and Journalist

SBS World News Australia

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Mr Malcolm Maccall

Board Member

Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY

Dr Stephen Conaty

Director, Population Health

South Western Sydney Local Health District

MULTICULTURAL HEALTH WEEK ENGAGES

COMMUNITIES FOR BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES 

Mr Michael Camit

Acting Director

NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

THE BIG PICTURE OF HEALTH LITERACY

Ms Naomi Poole

Director, Partnering with Consumers, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

HOW THE HEALTH SYSTEM IS RESPONDING

TO HEALTH LITERACY – SNAPSHOT

Ms Kay de Ridder

Program Manager, Patient Centred Care

Clinical Excellence Commission
A CONSUMER’S PERSPECTIVE ON HEALTHCARE

Mrs Viji Dayanathan

Health Care Consumer and Community Representative

LAUNCHING CEREMONY

Dr Kerry Chant

  Chief Health Officer

  Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS