Multicultural Community Action Network (MCAN) members have been making plans for Cultural Diversity Week.

This year, Cultural Diversity Week will have the theme “Racism, Stigma and Discrimination in Health”. The week-long event will celebrate of the diversity of our communities in Victoria.

A VicHealth survey recently highlighted that racism and discrimination have strong negative impacts on individuals’ mental health. The survey examined Aboriginal Australians’ experiences of racism in settings such as workplaces, educational institutes and sporting organisations.

Cultural Diversity Week is one in a series of health focused events that MCAN will celebrate this year, including World Hepatitis Day, World Refugee day and World Aids Day.

The MCAN is an active program of the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH), made up of members of migrant, refugee and international students who work with Multicultural Health Support Services (MHSS) to help shape our community engagement.