Enhancing CALD Cultural Competence

Cultural diversity in the New Zealand population is growing, leading to increasing cross-cultural interactions between healthcare providers and clients and between employees.

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CALD cultural competency courses and programmes

eCALD offers a range of face-to-face and online courses for both caring for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients from Asian, Middle Eastern and African backgrounds, as well as for working in culturally diverse workplaces. All courses focus on enhancing learners' cultural awareness, sensitivity, knowledge and practical skills.

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Improved awareness

This course has certainly made me think about how I interact with people from other cultures which I was not really aware of previously.

F2F Learner (Module 1CS Cultural Competency and Customer Service)

Remote F2F course

The eCALD trainer was presiding over the 1.5-hour long session so easy and comfortably that all of the attendees were able to complete the course with a strong feeling of great fulfilment and worthwhile signing up for the course.

Interpreter (Module 201 Interpreting remotely in the healthcare setting)

This is high quality learning

I like the online course interactive tools and the use of video and audio scenarios, it kept me engaged. This is high quality learning. I have learned to use the cultural assessment tool. The CALD assessment tool helps me to understand the client’s explanatory model so I can effectively communicate with them.

Online Learner (Module 9 Working in a Mental Health Context with CALD Clients)

This resource ticks the boxes in best-practice online learning.

This resource ticks the boxes in best-practice online learning. It includes interactive activities, a range of presentation methods and self-test exercises. Cultural competency is a key area for NZ's health workforce, and the online format of the CALD tool makes this a potentially cost-effective and sustainable method of training around the country

Online Learner (Module 1 Culture and Cultural Competency)

It felt novel and different.

It [the online course'] felt novel and different from other online modules I have done. Interesting and engaging graphics and [the online content is] presented [in] different ways of learning.

Palliative care clinician

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CALD Cultural Competency in a Psychiatric Context Training Programme

This training programme is recommended for psychiatric registrars or clinicians interested in developing awareness, sensitivity and knowledge of cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD) factors when working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) clients in a psychiatric context. The programme provides many case examples and vignettes and opportunities to apply awareness, sensitivity and knowledge to develop skills in engagement, assessment, cultural formulation, treatment, and collaboration in practice.

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Our resources

We provide a range of supplementary resources in addition to the material covered in our courses for enhancing cultural competency. These include cross-cultural resources, translated information, CALD-related publications, screening tools in multiple languages, and a list of migrant and refugee services.

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