A National Combined Voice for Mental Health Consumers and Carers
Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Mental Health
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. It is estimated that about 40% of the Australian population are immigrants and their children, and that about 15% speak a language other than English at home. According to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, rates of culturally and linguistically diverse groups moving to Australia have increased with the more recent migration and refugee intake. The earliest influx of migrants and refugees were from Northern and Southern Europe. During the last three decades people from various parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe have settled in Australia.