Read the Croakey Health Media article.  Too often, research excludes the voices of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. This is true of COVID-19 research both in Australia and internationally. But as the recent outbreak continues to plague Sydney’s most diverse Local Government Areas, the necessity of hearing those voices is thrown into stark relief.

Our recent COVID-19 survey included more than 700 people living in Greater Western Sydney who speak a language other than English at home. It is the largest survey of its kind in Australia to date, enabled through partnership with Western Sydney, South Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Districts’ Multicultural Health and Healthcare Interpreter services, community engagement, and recruitment and data collection methods that were necessarily inclusive.