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Dr Kamil Shah, QCOSS Senior Policy Officer
Dr Kamil Shah, QCOSS Senior Policy Officer

A joint QCOSS and PeakCare one-day workshop will explore the many aspects of cultural inclusion in a community service setting on 15 February.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of the strengths of culturally diverse communities and how to appropriately include people from different cultures into your workplace and service delivery.

Fundamentally it is about how we can become more culturally inclusive across the community services sector. What needs to be done? What are the barriers and enablers to access, faced by culturally and linguistically diverse populations in our communities?

It is about how vitally important it is that we actually take action and change our practice so as to make sure that our services are accessible by culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

The forum we have got planned will be an engaging and exciting day. You can certainly expect a series of really thoughtful speakers and a lot of audience engagement. One of the things we definitely want to make sure people take out of it is a clear message about the importance of multiculturalism in our community and, beyond that, the importance of inclusion and how we can make that happen. 

Organisations will get clear insight, knowledge and awareness about the barriers and enablers to inclusion for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Understanding how organisations can become more inclusive in their practices is a big step.

Of course, strides have been made: the multicultural action plan, access to services and the heightened awareness of issues pertaining to culturally and linguistically diverse populations. These are all big steps but the important thing is to maintain momentum.

We must continue to learn, to continue to change our practices and to continue to strive to be better.

To join the event - register here.

Watch an interview with Dr Kamil Shah here.

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