Making treatment accessible for culturally and linguistically diverse clients with alcohol and other drug issues
Developed in collaboration with Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC)
Revised April 2015
In 2011 just over a quarter (26%) of Australia's population was born overseas. Approximately 1 in 5 people speak a language other than English at home. However, data from Australian alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services showed that, between 2012 and 2013, almost 87% of clients were born in Australia, with English being the preferred language of 97% of them.
It is likely that, rather than indicating a lower prevalence of AOD issues among culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) communities, this disparity reflects an underrepresentation that is caused by the challenges that people from those communities face when they seek help from mainstream AOD services.
This fact sheet looks at what some of the reasons might be, and how workers and treatment services can make services easier to access.