Sometimes your patient may feel more comfortable consulting a mental health clinician from a similar cultural and/or linguistic background as their own. This approach will not necessarily suit every patient, however, if you believe that your patient could benefit from seeing someone from a similar background the following organisations can help you find bilingual and bicultural mental health professionals. 


Other peak bodies of professional or ethnic groups as well as Migrant Resource Centres and religious organisations may also be able to assist you to locate appropriate service providers. Visit Specialist Services for Migrants and Refugees for more information. 

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Further Reading


Fujino, D. C., et al. (1994). "Asian-American women in the mental health system: An examination of ethnic and gender match between therapist and client." Journal of Community Psychology 22(2): 164-176.

Mollersen, S., et al. (2009). "Effects of client and therapist ethnicity and ethnic matching: A prospective naturalistic study of outpatient mental health treatment in Northern Norway." Nordic Journal of Psychiatry 63(3): 246-255.

Sawrikar, P. (2013). "A qualitative study on the pros and cons of ethnically matching culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) client families and child protection caseworkers." Children and Youth Services Review 35(2): 321-331.

Ziguras, S., et al. (2003). "Ethnic matching of clients and clinicians and use of mental health services by ethnic minority clients." Psychiatric Services 54(4): 535-541.

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