WA Health Services' Data Collection Relating to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) Persons

Closed 12 May 2017

Opened 20 Mar 2017


You are invited to provide feedback on how your organisation or program is collecting data relating to culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) clients. For the purposes of this consultation, the term "culturally and linguistically diverse" (CaLD) refers to "groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language and ethnicity, except those whose ancestry is Anglo Saxon, Anglo Celtic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander".

The Western Australian Department of Health is seeking to review data collection practices to inform and improve health service provision for CaLD communities.


Why your views matter

WA has a high level of cultural diversity, with 15% of people born in non-main English speaking countries at the time of the 2011 census. CaLD populations can have difficulty in accessing and using healthcare.

Relevant information about CaLD persons can help to ensure we provide culturally appropriate services and address health inequalities.

There is a limited amount known about current CaLD data collection practices employed across WA Health* services and other relevant organisations, and whether there is capacity to coordinate, consolidate or improve data collection practices.

*WA Health refers to Western Australia’s public health system. It consists of the Department of Health, five Health Service Providers (Child and Adolescent Health Service, North Metropolitan Health Service, South Metropolitan Health Service, East Metropolitan Health Service and WA Country Health Service) and Health Support Services. 

Completing the consultation

Please complete the consultation on behalf of your organisation or program (eg. a hospital department or community program). You may wish to seek input from colleagues such as clinical staff and those involved with data, otherwise select 'unsure' if required.

The consultation consists of up to 21 questions, and will take between 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on responses. Responses will be de-identified to inform a final report of recommendations.

The questionnaire may be completed over more than one session by clicking the option at the bottom of each page 'Save and come back later'.

The survey will close at 11.59pm on Friday 12 May 2017 (extended).

Thank you for participating in the consultation. Your feedback will be used to assist planning of CaLD data collection across WA health services.

Please click on the Online Survey Link below to access the consultation.

What happens next

The consultation period has now ended. Results will inform recommendations for a WA Health report.

Please contact Dr Sallie Forrest sallie.forrest@health.wa.gov.au with any queries.


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