New CALD resources for MCH nurses

Important health and safety information is now more readily available to all Victorian families with the launch of a new range of resources for culturally and linguistically diverse families.

Maternal and child health ​nurses will soon be able to hand out postcards, brochures and other resources containing key messages about topics such as safe sleeping, water safety and being sun smart in 10 different languages.

The new resources have been printed in 10 community languages after English in Victoria including Arabic, Burmese, Chin (Hakha), Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Persian, Karen, Khmer, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

The resources will be distributed to centres in areas with high proportions of people speaking the 10 different languages featured.

Department of Education and Training Acting Director Prevention and Health Promotion John O'Shaughnessy said the resources would help ensure all families received vital early learning, health, safety and child development messages "from the get-go".

"Families now have access to some of the most important health and safety messaging they'll need in their own languages," he said.

"Maternal and Child Health nurses will encourage these families to take away these resources and discuss the information with relatives, visitors and friends."

Families and Children Youth Affairs Minister Jenny Mikakos will launch the resources at Elm Grove Maternal and Child Health Centre in Coburg during Cultural Diversity Week later this month.

The resources were compiled in collaboration with maternal and child health nurses and organisations such as the Royal Children's Hospital, SunSmart, Red Nose, the RACV and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.