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Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research (CAHRE)

The Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research (CAHRE), a research unit at the University of Auckland, is based at the School of Population Health (SoPH) in Tāmaki. The centre has a strong focus on the current health issues of Asian and other Ethnic Minority communities in New Zealand, and seeks to develop strategic ways to improve and visualise the health status of this fast growing population. It also values partnerships with other research academics to further its goals.

Elsie Ho

Associate Professor Elsie Ho

Director, Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research

The University of Auckland

Elsie Ho, is an associate professor and director of the Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research in the Section of Social and Community Health. She has previously held teaching and research appointments at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Waikato. She is a leading expert in migration and mental health studies in New Zealand, and has published widely on the topics of Asian transnational communities, migrant and refugee settlement and integration, mental health and diversity issues. She has been coordinator and researcher of several commissioned research projects, including the first Asian report into mental health issues for Asian immigrants in New Zealand, completed in 2002. In 2007, her research has been recognized formally through the New Zealand Honours system with an award of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to migrant communities.


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eCALD® are world leaders in the development and provision of CALD courses and resources to support the health workforce to develop CALD cultural competence for working with clients, families and colleagues.

Sue Lim QSM

Sue Lim QSM

National Programme Manager

eCALD® Services

Sue Lim QSM, is the eCALD® national programme manager working within Waitemata DHB’s Institute of Innovation and Improvement. Sue provided leadership and contribution to the development of Waitemata DHB’s Asian Health Services between 2000 and 2015. During this time she developed a range of Asian-specific culture and language services, and interpreting services. Additionally she is the founder and concept designer of the eCALD® Resources and have produced a number cross cultural courses and resources and publications available on www.eCALD.com. Her commitment to the wider Asian community with the ongoing development of Asian and CALD resources and information has seen her receiving a Queen’s Service Medal in 2013. She has also received numerous Health Excellence Awards from Waitemata DHB, and an Award for Outstanding Contribution towards the Health & Wellbeing of Asian Communities in NZ by the Centre for Asian & Ethnic Minority Research.