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CALD program

*"Cultural And Linguistic Diversity" refers to the wide range of cultural groups that make up the Australian population and Australian communities. – Multicultural Mental Health Australia, 2005

If this includes you, please join us.

Meeting times for Semester 2, 2014

There are 4 meetings in Semester 2
All meetings are from 1–2pm
in Seminar Room 13, Level 3
Building C, Mallett St Campus

Week 2
6 August

Welcome, student learning experience and career plan

Week 4 Wednesday 
20 August

Academic writing skills improvement: learn from experience

Week 6
3 September

Essay preparation and submission: learn from experience

Week 13
28 October

Examination preparation tips and mini party

CALD program

Meetings are open to ALL students – Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) students and combined degree students – who are from culturally and/or linguistically different backgrounds. Students DO NOT have to come from non-English speaking backgrounds to attend.
Download the CALD flyer with meeting dates – PDF


CALD program

Sydney Nursing School responded to the cultural and linguistic diversity of the student population enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) and Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) by conducting a program called CALD. It is a supportive endeavour and attendance is voluntary. It is for ALL students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). This program, now in its sixth year, is extended to all students.

Students do NOT have to come from non-English speaking backgrounds. The cultural difference is also very important – for example a number of students from the USA have attended CALD sessions. The CALD program provides a supportive environment and students are encouraged to be open through sharing and helping one another reach a common goal – to complete their degrees and become eligible to apply for registration as nurses.

Aims of the CALD program
CALD program
  • assist students to adapt to the learning environment
  • provide support and encourage the forming of informal learning circles
  • provide students with a place to form a social network
  • enable participants to gain understanding of the different cultures and how they manage illness, and to explore the different ways of learning
  • provide academic support in terms of writing, referencing, feedback from assessments, and preparation for examinations
  • provide some practical advice and preparation for clinical placement
  • provide students with a place to form a social network.
Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation
CALD program

In 2009, the CALD program was acknowledged for its excellence. Associate Professor Maureen Boughton, Lynne Brown and Lesley Halliday were presented with a prestigious award for learning and teaching. Their work with our students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds was recognised with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. This program has been well evaluated by students and has attracted two TIES grants. The qualitative evaluation of outcomes for this program was published in 2010.

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