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culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities; if an updated system has not been implemented yet, who is responsible for exploring and implementation of such systems.

(2) Who now monitors national and international research, disseminating evidence for effective multicultural health care.

(3) What is the current status of developing cultural profiles of ACT CALD communities for the use of staff; if the development is still ongoing, who is now responsible for completing and maintaining these profiles and what information is provided in each cultural profile.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) At the national level, only a small amount of data is available on the health determinants (eg behaviours such as smoking and social determinants of health such as education), access to health services (eg primary health care), and health outcomes (eg life expectancy) of people from CALD backgrounds. Identifying health issues that may be prevalent in particular CALD communities is limited by:

a. The national data specification and collections that separately identify the impact on different CALD communities;

b. The data collections in the ACT which, like national data collections, do not collect CALD information in many cases; and

c. The number of ACT residents from CALD backgrounds with certain health conditions; sample size needs to be considered in the publication of data to ensure confidentiality is not compromised.

While some data is available on people who are born overseas or who speak a language other than English at home, this is often not broken down by different countries/regions or languages, which makes it difficult to analyse for policy and planning purposes. Information on how health behaviours, service use or outcomes differ by length of residence in Australia, country of birth of parents, religious affiliation, or immigration status (especially for asylum seekers and people of refugee background), is therefore limited.

(2) Monitoring research and disseminating the findings on multicultural health care is not specifically tasked to any one area of ACT Health Directorate or Canberra Health Services. However, national and international research will be considered in the context of developing a new Diversity Framework, which will be managed by the Health Policy Unit in Health Systems, Policy and Research.

(3) Community Cultural Profiles, including migration history, communication issues, cultural health beliefs and practices are available to ACT Health staff on the intranet. There are currently 13 profiles available.

Sport—indoor sports feasibility study
(Question No 1882)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Sport and Recreation, upon notice, on 21 September 2018:

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