The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted concerns that many Australians do not have access to the health care and health information they should.
The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) is working on the creation of the “Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative”.
It aims to provide leadership and advice on policy, research and practice to achieve better health outcomes for people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds ((CALD)).
FECCA is the main group representing multicultural and ethnic communities.
CEO Mohammad Al-Khafaji said this partnership with the government would improve access to health and equity.
“For some time now, we have seen the need for a greater voice at the national level to advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and multicultural health. We have seen what the pandemic has done for our communities and the vulnerabilities around it and we think this is a great opportunity for us to have a national voice that focuses on multicultural health. “
FECCA President Mary Patetsos said the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response have highlighted the inequalities and disparities experienced by many multicultural communities.
And while these issues may have been brought to light by the pandemic, Al-Khafaji said a national health collaboration should also address future obstacles.
“We have seen, for example, the health outcomes of vulnerable multicultural communities in the Melbourne towers or our communities in western Sydney. We know that people are having difficulty accessing these services directly as a result of the pandemic. But we are also looking beyond the pandemic and trying to see what else is an obstacle for these communities so that we can really approach them as a collective. “
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