Welcome to the latest issue of Evidence Review.
I have inserted dummy text for Elizabeth's intro/commentary. This issue focuses on the topic of `Rehabilitation and Multiculturalism’. In 2017, the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, launched the Australian Multicultural Statement in which he af rmed the Government’s commitment to building a tolerant society in which racism and discrimination have no place. The statement notes that Australia is a successful multicultural society that has ourished due to its cultural diversity. When it comes to disability and chronic illness, however, our society does not always repay those from other cultures. In this issue of Rehabilitation Research Review, we focus on the important topic of cultural diversity and how it impacts on rehabilitation practice. Of the 22 million people in Australia, one in four was born overseas. Almost half of all Australians have at least one parent who was born overseas and nearly 20% speak a language other than English at home. As societies around the world become increasingly culturally diverse, health disparities have emerged for some cultural groups. Cultural diversity creates signi cant challenges for rehabilitation systems and for practitioners who work in those systems. Working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds is time-consuming, particularly when interpreters are needed. Busy practitioners often overlook cultural nuances, even when they have been exposed to the best cultural training.
I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Rehabilitation Research Review and welcome your feedback.
Professor Elizabeth Kendall
About this issue
Guest Editor: Elizabeth Kendall
Independent Commentary: Elizabeth Kendall and Dr Test so and so
Abbreviations used in this issue:
CALD= culturally and linguistically diverse
MWD= migrants with a disability