Multilingual Services

Many culturally and linguistically diverse communities have a higher than average incidence of diabetes. Here’s how we can help.

Australia is a culturally rich and diverse nation. Over 300 different languages are spoken in Australian homes today.

The Australian population is increasing diverse in terms of country of birth, language spoken, religious affiliation or secular belief – and whether people are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

The 2016 Census shows that almost half (49 per cent) of Australians had either been born overseas (first generation Australian) or that one or both parents had been born overseas (second generation Australian).

Reference: Bureau of Statistics.2016census:Multicultural.2017.

Research also shows that certain culturally and linguistically diverse groups in Australia are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes compared with the Australian-born population.

People born in certain regions of the globe – notably those from Northern Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Southern and Eastern Europe and South Pacific Islands – tend to have an increased risk of developing diabetes.

These groups also have a higher rate of diabetes-related hospitalisations and death, together with worse overall health outcomes than those born in Australia.

Link to references:

Australian Bureau of Statistics. 3412.0 - migration, Australia, 2015–16. 2016. Available from:

Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2016 census: Multicultural. 2017. Available from:

Multicultural Diabetes Portal

The Multicultural Diabetes Portal provides an easy access to a broad range of diabetes resources for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

Simply select your preferred language or topic, or type a keyword in the search box to find the resources to meet your needs.

Visit the portal.

Diabetes SA supporting the CALD community

Diabetes SA has dedicated health professionals working with diabetes and the CALD community.

Please contact us if you need support or information. Just call 1300 198 204 to speak to a member of our health services team.

Translation services

The links below will direct you to Government organisations that provide translation services.

The following website offer information on numerous health topics – including diabetes – in a variety of languages. Health promotion and diabetes education materials are also available for health care professionals.

For health professionals

Via this website health professionals can access culturally appropriate pictorial guides to use with their clients.