Multicultural Sexual Health Network

MSHN brings together people working across sectors to share information, enhance service coordination and explore ways to improve sexual health for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

 

The Multicultural Sexual Health Network (MSHN) is a platform that brings together stakeholders from different sectors, such as health, youth, settlement, education, employment and housing to discuss strategies to address emerging blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections  affecting asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and international students.  MSHN was launched in April 2013 and has since run forums covering areas such as Hepatitis B, HIV, sexuality education and same sex attraction in multicultural communities.

Past forums 

CEH response to Victorian HIV Strategy 2017-2020

CEH endorses the initiative of the Victorian HIV Strategy 2017-2020 and sees this as an opportunity for greater collaboration and coordination across the state. Most importantly, the strategy provides Victoria with the prospect of a new focus to ensure a more targeted...

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Sexual Health and Relationships Education

To celebrate youth week, the Multicultural Sexual Health Network held a forum on 14 April 2016, to share knowledge and tools to provide quality sexual health and healthy relationships education to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We also launched our new resource, SHARE.

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Domestic Violence and Sexual Health

To coincide with White Ribbon Day in November 2015 the Multicultural Sexual Health Network ran the forum, Domestic Violence and Sexual Health at the Multicultural Hub, Melbourne. Seventy people attended the forum on 17th Nvember 2015 to hear from speakers: Darlene, Roshan Bhandary, Dr Regina Quiazon, Dr Joanne Gardiner and Dr Ruth De Souza.

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Taking Action on Hepatitis B

MHSS support culturally and linguistically diverse communities to understand, test for and vaccinate against Hepatitis B, through our community education, peer education and community action projects. MHSS also offer workforce development in Hepatitis B, in order to extend the reach of this work. In line with this, the Multicultural Sexual Health Network hosted the Taking Action on Hepatitis B Forum celebrating World Hepatitis Day.

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Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses in Multicultural Communities in Ballarat

The MSHN Ballarat forum was held in the newly built Ballarat Community Health Centre on 21st May 2015. Thirty-three people attended, predominantly from Ballarat, with some state-wide agencies attending from Melbourne. The forum provided the opportunity for participants to hear about sexual health in regional areas, with a particular focus on Ballarat and the sexual health needs of people from refugee and migrant communities.

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After AIDS 2014

More than 50 people attended the After AIDS 2014 forum on 21st October 2014 to reflect on the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014), held in Melbourne in July 2014. The forum provided the opportunity for participants to share promising practices in preventing HIV transmission in migrant and refugee communities and mobile population groups such as temporary migrants and international students.

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