Multicultural Health
& Support Service

We aim to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in refugee and migrant communities, asylum seekers and mobile populations

What we offer

For Community
& Young People:

Join the Multicultural Community Action Network (M-CAN)

Are you from a refugee or migrant background and want to lead changes to improve the health of your community?

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Are you from a refugee or migrant background and want to lead changes to improve the health of your community? We want to develop long term partnerships with people from the community like you to help guide our actions and our work. The Multicultural Community Action Network (M-CAN) is also a space for you to meet people from your community as well as people from other communities to share ideas and learn from one another. There are three meetings held each year, which also include guest speakers who will present about useful topics to help develop your skills to advocate for your community needs. For example, one topic included information about how to contact the media to promote issues that are important to your community. To join the network, please just click on the button below and fill out the form. Membership is free. For more information about the network, please contact Tapuwa Bofu

Join the Multicultural Community Action Network

Book an information session for your community

We provide community information sessions to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers about blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

Become a Youth Ambassador

Are you a young person (15-25 years old) from a refugee or migrant background, and passionate about improving the health of young people?

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Are you a young person (15-25 years old) from a refugee or migrant background, and passionate about sexual health issues?

We work with young and passionate people like you to reach out to other young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to improve the health.

We provide training and support to take action around the issues of blood-borne viruses, sexually transmissible infections and healthy relationships.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Be a voice for change
  • Support young people’s right to participate
  • Help us develop and share resources for other young people
  • Be part of the Multicultural Community Action Network
  • Lead the conversation on youth sexual health issues
  • Take action on different and interesting community development health projects

This is a volunteer position.

Please contact CEH if you are interested. 

For Professionals
working with
refugees & migrants:

Book a community education session

We provide free education sessions to refugees, migrants and asylum seekers about blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

While BBVs/STIs prevention, transmission and treatment are the core topic that we deliver, some other optional topics we can include are sexual health; puberty & adolescence; healthy relationships; harm minimization of alcohol and other drugs. If you are interested in a topic that is not listed, please contact us to see if we are able to tailor a session to your needs.

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Our sessions aim to increase awareness about prevention, transmission and treatment of BBVs/STIs.
We deliver information in a culturally responsive way to address taboos, myths, stigma and discrimination about BBVs/STIs.

We also provide information about other relevant support services in the sessions.

We work with:

  • Community groups
  • Young People
  • Schools
  • People in custodial settings
  • Faith leaders

If you have any questions, please contact CEH

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Book training session for professionals

We offer training and resources to health service providers about BBVs/STIs, and assist agencies to consider culturally competence in their services.

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We provide training and presentations to support your work with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, asylum seekers and mobile populations. We work directly with communities in partnership to address the highly complex and culturally sensitive issues involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis and STIs. We collaborate with agencies from multiple sectors to consider and practice culturally competency in the sexual health and support services they provide to multicultural communities. If you have any further questions, please contact CEH. Training which is specifically tailored to needs may incur a cost and we will be happy to provide you a quote.

 

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Join the Multicultural Sexual Health Network

We bring together people who work across sectors to share information, enhance service coordination and explore ways to improve sexual health for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

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We run three forums a year to discuss emerging blood borne virus and sexual health issues and how they may effect people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

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Support for connections

We provide individuals and families with assistance to access information, testing and other services relating to BBVs and STIs. Need to make a client referral?

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Do you need to refer a client for support on blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections? We provide support to individuals and families to improve their journey through testing, diagnosis, treatment and support. To do this we:

  • Make referrals and provide support to make and keep appointments for screening and treatment
  • Support people to access and use existing services, particularly generalist services
  • Provide support to individuals and families in managing BBV/STI in their relationships
  • Connect people to services and support

All information provided are kept confidential and clients may request to speak with a male or female worker. Length of involvement with clients is expected to be no longer than 3 months. If you have any further questions, please contact CEH, Ph: (03) 9418 9917

b-informed – hepatitis B workshops

This introductory half-day workshop is for health and support workers who wish to learn the basics about hepatitis B and effective strategies for working with affected communities.

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Nearly two-thirds of people who live with chronic hepatitis B in Australia come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Nearly half of the people who have hepatitis B do not know they have it. Without treatment, up to 25 per cent will die from liver failure or liver cancer. What you will learn:

  • Understand the basic facts about Hepatitis B testing, transmission and treatment
  • Explore strategies that meet the needs of affected communities
  • Learn about resources, supports and websites that assist health workers and the affected communities to seek help.

This introductory half-day workshop is for health and support workers who wish to learn the basics about hepatitis B and effective strategies for working with affected communities. The training module has been developed in partnership with St Vincent’s Melbourne and the Multicultural Health and Support Service at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health. There are three workshops scheduled for 2017. See sessions times below.

Cost: $25
Sessions:

If you have any further questions please contact CEH.

 

Multicultural Health Workers supporting Hepatitis B
What you need to know

The workshop will be delivered by the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health in partnership with ASHM and aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of hepatitis B
  • Increase your awareness of the impact of chronic hepatitis B on culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
  • Discuss your role in increasing awareness of hepatitis B among CALD communities
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In Victoria, just over 56, 000 people are living with Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) with 63% born overseas predominantly from China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Italy.

The most common catchment area for people living with CHB in Melbourne are the suburbs of Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Melbourne City, Monash and Dandenong.

Professionals who work in/with culturally and linguistically diverse groups can play a crucial role in encouraging the community to know their hepatitis B status and encourage vaccination to decrease the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B in their community.

Registration closes on Wednesday 19 April 2017. If you have any further questions please contact CEH.

Cost: Free, Catering will be provided
Venue: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC
Date: 9.30am – 2.30pm (registration from 9.15am)
Time: Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

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Who we work with

  • Newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders and migrants
  • Young people from migrant and refugee populations
  • Adult men and women
  • Injecting drug users
  • People in custodial settings
  • Same-sex attracted people
  • International students from high prevalence countries
  • Mobile populations

Why we work with refugee and migrant communities

Refugees and migrants experience poorer health outcomes compared to the broader Australian population.

Stressors such as the migration experience, exposure to new sexual cultures and loss of social networks are some of the factors that can make refugee and migrants more vulnerable to blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

We aim to address these health inequalities.

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