This report develops a profile of CALD women in the ACT in the hopes of determining the factors that are contributing to their levels of social connectedness and wellbeing (or lack thereof). The contributing factors identified included: immigration and emerging communities; language concerns; domestic violence; drugs and/or alcohol; legal issues; isolation; need for cultural sensitivity; children and child protection; loss of qualifications and careers; discrimination and racism; limited transport; unfamiliarity with available services; mental health issues; trauma; and the elements that enhance social connectedness. The research was conducted in three ways; Focus groups, written participation, and interviews in person containing five open-ended questions. In recognising so many barriers for ACT women of CALD backgrounds to achieve good health and wellbeing, the WCHM commissioned this research report to make the first step in raising awareness of the identified issues.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women in the ACT – Enablers and barriers to achieving social connectedness

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women in the ACT – Enablers and barriers to achieving social connectedness