Hip Hop & Health (H3)
We recognise that it is not always easy to engage young people in messages around sexual health. We work with young people to help them express and share sexual health information through performing arts.
Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds are often more vulnerable to blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections than their Australian-born counterparts because of their lack of knowledge, misinformation and stigma surrounding sexual health.
We provide sexual health education sessions in a space that is comfortable and familiar to the participants – like a community centre or library. These sessions use teaching methods that do not rely on literary skills and adopt health literacy techniques. For example, educators will use picture cards to drive discussions and challenge misconceptions about HIV transmission. Participants are then asked to produce a form of artistic expression that incorporates what they have learned.
They can do this through dance, song, hip hop or spoken word – with hip hop proving to be a particularly effective medium for this purpose. In 2013 and 2014 a performance was held at Federation Square and a CD was produced to promote these messages to other young people.
To learn more about this project or to order copies of the Hip Hop & Health CD’s please contact the Multicultural Heath & Support Services (MHSS) team.
It was announced today, two community groups will work with CEH to improve the health of refugee and migrant communities as winners of CEH’s Community grants program. The recipients were two of five finalists for the program which is designed to encourage health promotion through education. Applications were drawn from a range of newly arrived refugee and migrant community groups.read more
This Wednesday, on World refugee day 20 June, the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) looks forward to announcing the winners of our first community grants program.read more
With rapid growth in Victoria’s international student (IS) population, service providers have registered alarm about unplanned pregnancy in heterosexual students and HIV infection in same-sex attracted international students.read more
The Multicultural Health and Support Service (MHSS) convened a working group to organise a consultative forum on the topic of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men who have sex with men (MSM).read more
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