Women stamping traditional design on cloth

This profile brings together information and resources to assist service providers to better understand and meet the mental health needs of Pacific Island, Māori and Timor Leste people living in NSW.


Pacific Island countries included in this profile are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. People from these countries are often referred to collectively as ‘Pasifika’ peoples.
In addition this profile includes information about the Māori community, the many Pacific Islanders who have arrived in Australia from New Zealand, South Sea Islanders and people from Timor Leste (which is part of the Australian Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme – see below).


Demographics

 
  • According to the 2021 Census there are 65,315 people living in NSW who were born in Pacific countries. The top five countries of birth are:

Fiji

37,370

57.2%

Samoa

10,147

15.5%

Tonga

6,850

10.5.%

Papua New Guinea

5,536

8.5%

Cook Islands

2,312

3.5%

 

  • There are 41,441 people who use a Pacific language at home living in NSW. The top five languages spoken are:

Samoan

17,301

41.7%

Tongan

11,725

28.3%

Fijian

5,771

13.9%

Māori

2,822

6.8%

Māori (Cook Islands)

1,641

4%

 

  • Of those born in Pacific countries 52% are female and 48% are male.
  • There are 131,077 people living in NSW who have Pacific or Māori ancestry. The top five ancestries are Māori 39,714, Samoan 34,068, Fijian 24,899, Tongan 22,991 and Cook Islander 8,026.
  • Of those living in NSW with Pacific ancestry 33,213 were born in New Zealand. 57.3% of these have Māori ancestry and 27% have Samoan ancestry.
  • The majority (52.4%) of people born in Pacific countries in NSW identify as Christian, 26.5% are Hindu, 9.5% have secular beliefs or no religious affiliation, 7.5% are Muslim and 0.5% are other religions.
  • In addition there are 2139 people living in NSW born in Timor Leste. The main languages used at home include Hakka 600 (28.1%), English 415 (19.4%), Mandarin 304 (14.2%), Portuguese 288 (13.5%) and Tetum 222 (10.4%).

More demographic information about Pasifika communities in Australia is available at:
Pasifika communities in Australia: 2021 Census

 

Pacific Migration to Australia

Cultural Profiles

Mental Health

 

Mental wellbeing is complex and an interplay of factors influence an individual’s mental health. The Pacific Islands are a large and diverse area. It is important when working with Pacific, Māori and Timor Leste Australians to understand the individual context and experiences of each person and avoid making assumptions or stereotyping. Individuals will have different levels of engagement with both traditional beliefs and western society.

According to the 2021 Census in NSW, 4.9% of people with Pacific or Māori ancestries self-report having a long-term mental health condition. This is compared to 8% of the population overall reporting a long-term mental health condition and 4.9% of people born overseas reporting a long-term mental health condition. Studies in New Zealand have shown significantly higher rates of mental illness for Pacific Island and Māori people and fewer visits to mental health services/ professionals compared to the overall population.

Research identifies a range of factors that may contribute to mental distress and discourage mental health help seeking for Pasifika, Māori and Timor Leste people in Australia.

  • Socio-economic factors, such as financial pressures, unemployment, obligation to send money home may impact on mental wellbeing for Pasifika people.
  • Physical and social isolation, being away from family and community, especially those in Australia on temporary work permits.
  • Intergenerational conflict and differing expectations and acculturation for young people and their parents.
  • PTSD and other impacts of conflict and war in Timor-Leste.
  • Racism, discrimination and stereotypes prevalent in the wider community about Pasifika people.
  • Climate change, sea level rise and increase in extreme weather events in the Pacific Islands may cause psychological distress for Pasifika people in Australia, both through direct experience and worry for family, community and way of life on the Islands.
  • Traditionally, for many, responsibility to care for someone who is unwell lies with the family and therefore Pasifika people may access services late or not at all.
  • Some Pasifika people hold cultural/ religious beliefs that provide a spiritual explanation for mental illness e.g. mental illness may be seen as the result of a curse or redress for a breach of social taboos committed by the individual themselves, family member or ancestor.
  • Stigma and shame associated with mental illness in some communities may discourage help seeking.
  • Some Pasifika people may prefer to consult with a traditional healer than Western health practitioner.
  • Some Pasifika people may not wish to take medication and believe that medication cannot help.
  • Pasifika culture is largely collective and for some illness is seen as a community responsibility. Some western modes of therapy that emphasise individual responsibility and action, such as CBT may not be appropriate.
  • Western means of diagnosis such the DSM may not necessarily be appropriate to diagnosis Pasifika people as criteria does not align with how they view and understand mental health.
  • Language issues may impact on the quality of service. Oral language can be misinterpreted, and some languages may use deliberate ambiguity or double speak to camouflage meaning and intentions.

Strengths and Resilience

  • There are strong traditions of mutual support in Pasifika communities.
  • Religious beliefs, ritual and communities provide support and solace.
  • Many Pasifika people gain strength and pride from their culture and traditions.
  • Many western therapies can be successfully adapted to allow for Pasifika understandings of mental health and to incorporate the important role of families and community in health care.
  • Traditional elders and church leaders are sources of advice and wisdom in many Pasifika communities and can be consulted and included in mental health promotion activities.



Mental Health Literature

The following research and literature highlight some of the mental health issues that may affect members of Pacific, Maori and Timor Leste communities in NSW. Where available we have provided a link to the full text of articles. Your hospital or local council library can help you locate the full text of other articles. TMHC Staff and Sessional Clinicians can email us at [email protected] to obtain the full text of articles. 

 

Askland, H.H. (2014) East Timorese in Australia: Affective Relations, Identity, and Belonging in a Time of Political Crisis. Advances in Southeast Asian Studies (ASEAS) 7(2) https://aseas.univie.ac.at/index.php/aseas/article/view/2608

Asugeni, J., MacLaren, D., Massey, P. D., & Speare, R. (2015). Mental health issues from rising sea level in a remote coastal region of the Solomon Islands: Current and future Australasian Psychiatry, 23(6, Suppl), 22-25. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1039856215609767       

Ataera-Minster, J., & Trowland, H. (2018, June). Te Kaveinga—Mental health and wellbeing of Pacific peoples. Results from the New Zealand Mental Health Monitor & Health and Lifestyles Survey. Health Promotion Agency.  www.hpa.org.nz/sites/default/files/FinalReport-TeKaveinga-Mental%20health%20and%20wellbeing%20of%20Pacific%20peoples-Jun2018.pdf

Bennett, S. T., Flett, R. A., & Babbage, D. R. (2016). Considerations for culturally responsive cognitive-behavioural therapy for Māori with depression. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology Vol 10 2016, ArtID e8, 10www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-pacific-rim-psychology/article/considerations-for-culturally-responsive-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-mori-with-depression/7306D60B453187BA2C62D17DABCE9F47#

Durham, J., Fa’avale, N., Fa’avale, A., Ziesman, C., Malama, E., Tafa, S., Taito, T., Etuale, J., Yaranamua, M., Utai, U., & Schubert, L. (2019). The impact and importance of place on health for young people of Pasifika descent in Queensland, Australia: a qualitative study towards developing meaningful health equity indicators. International Journal for Equity in Health, 18(1), 81. https://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-019-0978-2

Elder, H. (2017). Te Waka Kuaka and Te Waka Oranga. Working with whanau to improve outcomes. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, 38(1), 27-42. www.researchgate.net/profile/Hinemoa-Elder/publication/315528259_Te_Waka_Kuaka_and_Te_Waka_Oranga_Working_with_Whanau_to_Improve_Outcomes/links/61650c30e7993f536cc831c9/Te-Waka-Kuaka-and-Te-Waka-Oranga-Working-with-Whanau-to-Improve-Outcomes.pdf

Fa’alogo-Lilo, C., & Cartwright, C. (2021). Barriers and Supports Experienced by Pacific Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand’s Mental Health Services. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 52(8-9) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/00220221211039885

Foliaki, S. A., Kokaua, J., Schaaf, D., & Tukuitonga, C. (2006). Twelve-month and lifetime prevalences of mental disorders and treatment contact among Pacific people in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40(10), 924-934. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1080/j.1440-1614.2006.01912.x

George, K. (2010). Vanuatu: Happiest nation on earth, mental health and the Church. Australasian Psychiatry, 18(1), 63-65. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3109/10398560903298752

Gibson, K. E., Barnett, J., Haslam, N., & Kaplan, I. (2020). The mental health impacts of climate change: Findings from a Pacific Island atoll nation. Journal of anxiety disorders73, 102237. www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0887618520300517

Hall, T., Kakuma, R., Palmer, L. et al. (2019) Social inclusion and exclusion of people with mental illness in Timor-Leste: a qualitative investigation with multiple stakeholders. BMC Public Health 19, 702 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12889-019-7042-4

Hawkes, G.L. (2022) The Manly pride jersey furore is not as simple as a choice between inclusivity and homophobia. The Conversation July 29, 2022 3.49pm AEST https://theconversation.com/the-manly-pride-jersey-furore-is-not-as-simple-as-a-choice-between-inclusivity-and-homophobia-187859

Hawkes, G. L. (2023). Football, faith and family for the Australian Pacific Island diaspora: the role of the vā (‘space between’) in rugby league. Sport in Society, 26(9), 1530-1548. www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/17430437.2022.2160708

Kapeli, S. A., Manuela, S., & Sibley, C. G. (2020). Understanding Pasifika mental health in New Zealand. MAI Journal, 9(3), 249-271 www.researchgate.net/profile/Sarah-Kapeli/publication/347415049_UNDERSTANDING_PASIFIKA_MENTAL_HEALTH_IN_NEW_ZEALAND_A_review_of_the_literature/links/60bd9193a6fdcc22eae3e02a/UNDERSTANDING-PASIFIKA-MENTAL-HEALTH-IN-NEW-ZEALAND-A-review-of-the-literature.pdf 

Kingi, R., Erick, W., Nosa, V. H., Paynter, J., & de Silva, D. (2021). Pasifika preferences for mental health support in Australia: focus group study. Pacific health dialog, 21(7), 373-379.  www.pacifichealthdialog.nz/index.php/phd/article/view/77

Kokanovic, R., May, C., Dowrick, C., Furler, J., Newton, D. and Gunn, J. (2010), Negotiations of distress between East Timorese and Vietnamese refugees and their family doctors in Melbourne. Sociology of Health & Illness, 32: 511-527. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2009.01228.x

Kopua, M. A., & Bracken, P. J. (2020). Mahi a Atua: A Māori approach to mental health. Transcultural Psychiatry, 57(2), 375-383 www.iimhl.com/files/docs/20190528.pdf

McLachlan, A. D., Wirihana, R., & Huriwai, T. (2017). Whai tikanga: The application of a culturally relevant value centred approach. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 46-54. www.psychology.org.nz/journal-archive/Whai-Tikanga-M%C4%81ori-centred-values-in-practice-private.pdf

Mulipola, T. a. I., Holroyd, E., & Vaka, S. (2023). Using Fa'afaletui to explore Samoan consumers' experience and interpretation of mental health person-centred care in Aotearoa, New Zealand. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 32(2), 513-523. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/inm.13090

Nishitani, M. & Lee, H. (2023) Fruit Picking and Farmwork as Racialised Stigma: The Children of Pacific Migrant Workers in Rural Australia. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 44(4), 488 504   www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07256868.2023.2136631

Opoliner, A., Blacker, D., Fitzmaurice, G., & Becker, A. (2014). Challenges in assessing depressive symptoms in Fiji: A psychometric evaluation of the CES-D. The International journal of social psychiatry, 60(4), 367-376. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4471992

Petrou, K., & Connell, J. (2019). Overcoming precarity?: Social media, agency and ni-Vanuatu seasonal workers in Australia. The Journal of Australian Political Economy, (84), 116-146. www.ppesydney.net/content/uploads/2020/05/Overcoming-precarity-Social-media-agency-and-ni-Vanuatu-seasonal-workers-in-Australia.pdf

PHN Brisbane South, Children's Health Queensland, Metro South Health, & Government, Q. (2020). Pasifika and Māori Health and Wellbeing: A Strategic Framework and Action Plan for Brisbane South 2020-2025https://maori-pasifika-health-hub.cdn.prismic.io/maori-pasifika-health-hub/0d8ac745-32ee-460f-bfec-79f5b82758af_2021_02_11_MaoriPasifikaStrategyGovernance_Approved.pdf

Pitama, S. G., Bennett, S. T., Waitoki, W., Haitana, T. N., Valentine, H., Pahina, J., Taylor, J. E., Tassell-Matamua, N., Rowe, L., Beckert, L., Palmer, S. C., Huria, T. M., Lacey, C. J., & McLachlan, A. (2017). A proposed hauora Māori clinical guide for psychologists: Using the hui process and Meihana model in clinical assessment and formulation. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 46(3), 7-19. https://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10289/12516/NZJP_Vol46%20No3_A%20proposed%20Hauora%20Mori%20Clinical%20Guide%20for%20Psychologists.pdf?sequence=2

Radclyffe, C. J. T., Aia-Fa’aleava, A., Avia, P., Utiku-Roberts, D., Soo Choon, G., Tafa, S., & Durham, J. ‘FOB’, ‘plastic’ and polycultural capital: experiences of social labelling of Pasifika young peoples in South-east Queensland, Australia. Journal of Youth Studies, 1-20 www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13676261.2023.2199147

Ravulo, J. (2015). Pacific communities in Australia.  https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4901&context=sspapers

Ravulo, J. (2015). Pacific Youth Offending within an Australian Context. Youth Justice, 16https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1473225415584983

Ravulo, J., Winterstein, U., & Said, S. (2021). Mental Health Talanoa (MHT) Research and Resources: Collaborative Community Engagement Enhancing Mental Health and Wellbeing Across Pacific Communities. https://ro.uow.edu.au/asshpapers/429/

Reesp, S. (2003) Refuge or retrauma? The impact of asylum seeker status on the wellbeing of East Timorese women asylum seekers residing in the Australian community, Australasian Psychiatry, 11:sup1, S96-S101 www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1046/j.1038-5282.2003.02022.x

South Western Sydney Local Health District. (2019). Pacific Communities Health Needs www.swslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/populationhealth/PH_promotion/pdf/Publications/Pacific%20Communities%20Health%20Needs%20Assessment%20Report_Final%2012July2019.pdf

Tamasese, K. (2002). Honouring Samoan ways and understandings: Towards culturally appropriate mental health services. International Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work, 2002(2), 64-71. https://search.informit.org/doi/abs/10.3316/informit.126407058629649

Thomsen, P. and Brown-Acton, P. et al (2023) The Manalagi Survey Community Report: Examining the Health and Wellbeing of Pacific Rainbow+ Peoples in Aotearoa-New Zealand. The Manalagi Project Team: Auckland, New Zealand www.manalagi.org/_files/ugd/b7eedf_7a214bf6e78349f084581c5f2b68bf2d.pdf              

Tiatia, J., Langridge, F., Newport, C., Underhill-Sem, Y. & Woodward, A. (2023) Climate change, mental health and wellbeing: privileging Pacific peoples’ perspectives – phase one, Climate and Development, 15:8, 655-666 www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2022.2145171

University of New South Wales, Kaldor Centre for Refugee International Refugee Law (2023) Climate Mobility Hub https://climatemobility.unsw.edu.au

Wu, A.Y.C. (2021), Migration, family and networks: Timorese seasonal workers' social support in Australia. Asia Pac. Viewp., 62: 313-330 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/apv.12308

 

Multilingual Resources

Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) 

 

Samoan

Healthy Kids. Anorexia Nervosa in Children  PDF 274KB
Healthy Kids. Anxiety in Children PDF 159KB
Healthy Kids. Depression in Children PDF 258KB
Healthy Kids. Disruptive Disorders in Children PDF160 KB
Healthy Kids. Complete PDF 965KB
Kessler 10 PDF 451KB
Whose recovery and outcome are they anyway? PDF 150KB
Transcultural Mental Health Line Postcard PDF 870KB

Tongan

Family Help Kit. Body Image and Eating Disorders PDF 388KB
Family Help Kit. Challenging Behaviours PDF 394KB
Family Help Kit. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Problems PDF 391KB
Family Help Kit. Depression PDF 378KB
Family Help Kit. Fears and Anxiety PDF 424KB
Family Help Kit. Grief and Loss PDF 413KB
Family Help Kit. Post Traumatic Stress PDF 387KB
Family Help Kit. Psychosis PDF 393KB
Family Help Kit. Suicide Prevention PDF 424KB

Tetum

Coping Personally with War PDF 237KB

TMHC Resources in English


Centre for Multicultural Youth

 

Let’s talk about mental health. Infographic in English
Let’s talk about mental health. Infographic in Samoan


Headspace

 

Headspace is here to help you. English
Headspace is here to help you. Samoan


Le Va (NZ)

 

Anxiety Factsheet. English
Anxiety Factsheet. Māori
Anxiety Factsheet. Samoan
Anxiety Factsheet. Tongan

Depression Factsheet. English
Depression Factsheet. Māori
Depression Factsheet. Samoan
Depression Factsheet. Tongan


Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

 

Paolo (SPINZ Samoan version) 2007: Suicide prevention information for people working with Samoans in Niu Sila


Queensland Health

 

Glossary of mental health and wellbeing terms for interpreters, translators and bicultural workers. English
Glossary of mental health and wellbeing terms for interpreters, translators and bicultural workers. Samoan

Supporting someone in your community who is suicidal. English
Supporting someone in your community who is suicidal. Māori
Supporting someone in your community who is suicidal. Samoan


 


Pacific, Māori and Timor Leste Community Organisations

Note: this is not an exhaustive list of Pacific, Māori and Timor Leste community organisations in NSW

Australia East Timor Association
Email: [email protected]
Website:www.aeta.net.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AETAMEL

Australian Pacific and Māori Community Services Inc.
2 Dorset Street, Spring Farm NSW 2570
Phone: 0432 422 920
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://nimomahe5.wixsite.com/apmcsinc
Facebook: www.facebook.com/apmcs07

Australian Pasifika Educators Network
Website: www.pasifikaeducators.com.au

Edmund Rice Centre Pacific Calling Partnership
Website: www.erc.org.au/pcp

Fiji Diaspora Women’s Alliance
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0426 089 755
Facebook: www.facebook.com/people/Fiji-Diaspora-Womens-Alliance-Inc/100070168706892

ILGA Oceania
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ilgaoceania

IndoFijian Welfare Inc.
34 Cadet Circuit, Jordan Springs, NSW 2747
Phone: 0419 693 419
Email:[email protected]

Mana Pasifika (QLD)
PO Box 2464
Burleigh, QLD 4220
Phone: 1300 282 115
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mana.org.au

Māori Wardens Australia
The Ponds, NSW, 2770
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.maoriwardensaustralia.com.au

Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts
Lurnea Community Hub
66 Hill Rd, Lurnea NSW 2170
Phone:: 0412173809 / 0419468204
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://matavai.com.au

NSW Council for Pacific Communities     
4 Surrey St, Minto NSW, 2566
Phone: 0407 281 245
Email :[email protected]
Website: www.nswcpc.org.au

NSW Pacific Communities Centre
Phone: 0402 653 174
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pacificmulticare.com.au

Pacific Islander Network
Website: www.pacificislandernetwork.org.au

Pacific Islands Mt Druitt Action Network – Pimdan Inc.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PIMDAN2770

Pacific Officers Law Enforcement Network
1 Charles Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolenNSWPOLICE

Pacific Professionals Network
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.pacificpn.com

Pacific Women’s Professional and Business Network Inc.
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://pacificwomenpbn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PWPBN

Samoan Community Culture Arts & Language Association Inc.
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sccala2021

Sydney Marae Alliance
Level 22, 20 Bond Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0427 545 117
Website: www.sydneymarae.com

Sydney Samoan Media Association
Phone: 0413 193 286
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SamoanSydneyCouncil

Te Ūkaipō Māori Club Newcastle Incorporated
Bolton Point Community Hall,  68 Middle Point Road,  Bolton Point 2283
Phone: 0447 916 490
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.teukaipo.com.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teukaipomaoriclubnewcastleincorporated

Timorese United Association
Hinchinbrook Community Centre, Whitford Road & Partridge Avenue, Hinchinbrook, NSW
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/timoreseunitedassociation

Service Providers

Transcultural Mental Health Centre

 

Transcultural Mental Health Line 1800 648 911

If you require information or support for a mental health concern, either for yourself or someone you care for, call the Transcultural Mental Health Line on 1800 648 911.
The line operates for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in NSW from Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. At other times please call the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511.

Clinical Consultation and Assessment Service 9912 3851

Public mental health services can call TMHC’s Clinical Consultation and Assessment Service on (02) 9912 3851, Monday to Friday between 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.


Headspace Campbelltown

 

Pacific Worker: Ma’ata Piu Youth Access Clinician
171-179 Queen Street, Campbelltown, NSW 2560
Phone:1800 650 890 (Recorded Information) 
Phone: (02) 4627 9089 (leave message) 
Website: headspace.org.au (complete online enquiry)


NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511

 

The Mental Health Line offers professional help and advice and referrals to local mental health services. You can use the telephone Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) to speak to a mental health professional at the Mental Health Line. Call TIS on 131 450 and ask them to ring the Mental Health line on 1800 011 511.


One Door Mental Health South Western Sydney Connector Hub 

 

Contact: Moana Strickland, Mental Health Peer Support Worker (workdays are Monday-Thursday)
Phone: 0428 503 542  
Email: [email protected]  
Website: www.connectorhub.org.au 


Pasifika Achievement to Higher Education (PATHE)

 

Western Sydney University Phone: 1300 854 224
Email: [email protected]
Website: /www.westernsydney.edu.au/schools-engagement/connecting-with-western/school-programs/pathe


PLAN Pacific Legal Association NSW Inc.


Email: [email protected]
Website: www.pacificlegalnsw.org


Settlement Services International (SSI)

 

SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. SSI works with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.
Phone: 02 8799 6700
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.ssi.org.au

 

Bilingual mental health professionals

 

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
The AASW Directory for Social Workers can be searched by language preference.
www.aasw.asn.au/find-a-social-worker/search

Australian Psychological Society
Find a psychologist. Search for a psychologist using issue, name, location or area of practice, then refine result by selecting from ‘Preferred Language’ www.psychology.org.au/Find-a-Psychologist

Psychology Today Directory
Directory of psychologists in NSW select Language from ‘More’
www.psychologytoday.com/au/counselling/nsw/sydney

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Find a Psychiatrist directory can be searched using location, language, problem area and practice details. www.yourhealthinmind.org/find-a-psychiatrist


 

References

Australian Bureau of Statistics(2022) 2021 Census - Cultural Diversity. ABS TableBuilder data. www.abs.gov.au/statistics/microdata-tablebuilder/tablebuilder <viewed 4 March 2024>

 

A note on culture

This profile has been prepared by the Transcultural Mental Health Centre. It aims to provide general information about Pacific, Māori and Timor Leste people and culture. It is not prescriptive and cannot be applied to every individual born in the Pacific Islands, New Zealand or Timor Leste or with Pacific, Māori and Timor Leste heritage. It is important to remember that culture is more than a set of inherited traditions and beliefs. Culture is shaped by historical, political, social and economic circumstances and is constantly evolving and changing as it circulates across nations and geographic boundaries.

 

Disclaimer: This profile contains general information only and cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The Transcultural Mental Health is not responsible for the information provided by external websites and documents listed in this resource.

We welcome your feedback about this page and suggestions for additional resources. Send us an email at [email protected].

 

Last updated 12 June 2024