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How do Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians respond to mainstream health promoting messages, what is the prevalence of health promoting behaviours within this diverse group and what’s driving it?

Health Promoting Behaviours and Ethnically Diverse Australians

How do Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians respond to mainstream health promoting messages, what is the prevalence of health promoting behaviours within this diverse group and what’s driving it?

A little more than 1 in 3 Australians are either born overseas or have parents who were born overseas. Yet there is very little understanding of key psychosocial determinants of health for this group, as distinct from the majority anglo-celtic population. Limited current research suggests gaps in provision of tailor-made health information, service utilization and indeed health outcomes for this group. These gaps underscore the need for greater exploration of social and psychological factors underlying how health information is provided, what determines uptake of health messages and engagement in health promoting practices and what can better health outcomes for this population.

What is this study about?

The purpose of this study is to examine social-psychological dimensions of responses to mainstream health promotion messages as well as engagement in health promoting practices among Australian born people of other ethnicity and first generation immigrants.

Who can participate in this study?

We are seeking people born in Australia from one or more of the following cultural groups/regions a) Latin America or (b) The Caribbean or (c) Asia or (d) Africa or (d) Middle East or (e) The Pacific Islands, OR have moved to Australia from any one of these regions and have lived here continuously for at least 10 years. Participants need to be 18 years old and above.

What does participation involve?

This is an anonymous, online study, wherein participants will be asked to read through a health message and respond to some questions regarding what they think about the message, indicate how much they engage in those behaviours and enquire about attitudes towards health promoting behaviours in general. Finally, participants will be asked questions regarding their cultural background, their sense of cultural identity, and other relevant personal details – age, occupation, income bracket, etc. Participation in this study will take approximately 15- 30 mins (maximum). Click here to participate:

This study is being conducted by Tulsi Achia (tulsi.achia@uqconnect.edu.au), under the supervision of Dr. Bernadette Watson and has been cleared in accordance with the ethical review processes of the University of Queensland. Ethical Clearance Number 13-PSYCH-MCP-35-JS.

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