MS Australia was thrilled to work closely with Cultural Perspectives to develop translations in 10 community languages of our Key facts and figures about MS and Understanding MS: Two-page Brochure resources.
Cultural Perspectives is a leading research, communications and consulting agency with expertise in reaching culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous audiences, delivering projects around sensitive social issues.
Through an NDIS Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant targeted to provide health information to diverse communities they have kindly provided these translations to MS Australia.
The languages chosen are based on the approach taken by Cultural Perspectives to narrow down the relevant audience cohort for basic information about multiple sclerosis (MS) to women 20-40 years old using data from the MS Facts and Figures factsheet. Language data from the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of population and Housing was then applied and analysed through three lenses: size of population by spoken language, number of people who identified in the Census that they spoke English poorly or not at all and then the percentage of poor English language speakers within the language cohort. This analysis determined that the identified languages of Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmer, Japanese, Punjabi and Spanish were the most relevant and at-need language groups for information about MS from a population perspective (in the absence of CALD prevalence data for the MS community in Australia).
We would also like to congratulate Cultural Perspectives on the launch of the new MiAccess site.
MiAccess site has been developed as part of the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant funded by the (Federal) Department of Social Services. The site is a hub of in-language information on different disability topics and the NDIS, to increase capacity of people with a disability, their carers, and the community. Learn more about the MiAccess site here.
If you feel like sharing your feedback on these translations, we'd love to hear from you! Email your feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org