Multicultural health

Western Australia is home to the largest proportion of people born overseas, making ours the most culturally diverse state (external site) in the nation.

WA Health recognises that with people from 190 countries, speaking more than 270 languages and dialects (including around 50 Aboriginal languages) who are living, working or studying in Western Australia, providing healthcare within a multicultural setting can be a complex matter. Therefore, our health system must be supported to provide culturally appropriate services and care.

A health system that is culturally appropriate/competent:

  • acknowledges the benefits that diversity brings to Australian society
  • helps health providers and consumers to achieve the best, most appropriate care and services
  • enables self-determination and ensures a commitment to reciprocity for culturally and linguistically diverse consumers and their communities
  • holds governments, health organisations and managers accountable for meeting the needs of all members of the communities they serve.
WA Health implements culturally competent policy and planning at all levels of the health system.