‘Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.’
— Malcolm Forbes
‘Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’
World Health Organisation definition of health 1948

With almost one in four Australian residents born outside of Australia, it’s critical to examine the barriers to multicultural communities in a social and economic framework. I am looking forward to again charing the second day of the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) 2012 conference that will address how Australia must meet the health and ageing needs of our CALD communities. The full three day agenda may be viewed here;

The conference speaking panel includes;
Eva Hussain, Polaron
Victor Dominello, Member for Ryde 
Dr Sev Ozdowski, Former Human Rights Commissioner
Pino Migliorino, Cultural Perspectives
Dr Christine Ratnasingham, Australian Human Rights Commission
Steffanie von Helle, Department of Education & Families
Tawara D. Goode, National Technical Assistance Centre for Children’s Mental Health
Professor Gail Whiteford, Macquarie University
Pamela Young, GrowthCurv
John Godfrey, SBS
Lisa Torrence, Information & Cultural Exchange
Maria Tran, SBS Production
Julia Haraksin, Department of Attorney General & Justice
  1. -Commissioner Greg Mullins, Fire & Rescue NSW

Michal Morris, Centre for Culture, Ethnicities & Health 
Emiliano Zucchi, Northern Health
Unis Goh, Disablity Council
Anna Voloschenko, Queensland Health
Jaklina Michael, Royal District Nursing Society
  1. -Courtney Peacock, Western Health
  2. -Rachel Smith, Western Health
Sebastian Rosenberg, University of Sydney
  1. -Ramdas Sandkaran, Multicultural Services Centre of WA
  2. -Dr Helen Szoke, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
  3. -Ljubica Petrov, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing