Multicultural Health Week

Caring for Carers

Multicultural Health Week (MHW) 2016 runs from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th September 2016.

The Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is funded by Ministry of Health (MoH) to organise the activities and events during MHW.

This year’s multicultural health week will be focused on carers, especially carers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

In Australia, 674,300 carers (25.7%) were born overseas, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ survey in 20121. It is estimated more than 194,480 carers from culturally and linguistically backgrounds live in NSW2. In the Carers NSW 2014 Carer survey, approximately 1 in 5 carers identified as being from a CALD backgrounds3.

Anyone can become a carer at any time. A carer can be a family member, friend, neighbour, or other community member who provides support and assistance to another person without payment.

The launch event will be held on Monday 5th September at NSW Parliament House.

More information on Multicultural Health Week 2016 will be available soon.

Source: [1] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

           [2] Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Carer Framework: Strategies to Meet the Needs of Carers

           [3] Carer Survey 2014, Factsheet #5, Carers NSW

Past themes for Multicultural Health Week include:

Message from the Minister of Health

The Hon. Jillian Skinner, MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research

Multicultural Events