Petition: Victoria needs to introduce a Multicultural Drug Support Service, now.
Currently, there is a gap in services that work with migrant and refugee communities regarding alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health support.
Recent research tells us that people from CALD communities are significantly under-represented in the AOD treatment system, yet there are multiple groups at risk in these communities.
The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health understands the complex issues facing communities upon settlement and the particular fears the families hold for their young people.
We are proposing a Multicultural Drug Support Service for young people from refugee, migrant and asylum seeker backgrounds and their families. This service will offer a preventative, integrated, in-home model of care underpinned by strategies to address intersecting cultural and inter-generational issues.
We need your support to get this happening. Sign and join us in the call for better health and well-being for our community.
‘We would like to understand the effects of Alcohol and drugs in the community and to know how to deal with them, There is a huge gap in regards to AOD services provided; the Service providers are usually focused on mainstream services.’
‘Every family should have this kind of information that was provided in the slides today. Stigma is a critical issue, some communities stigmatise people who drink and use drugs’.
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