Multicultural Drug & Alcohol Partnership (MDAP)

About MDAP

The Multicultural Alcohol and Drug Partnership (MDAP) aims to support young people from the South Sudanese community who are experiencing harm from alcohol and drug use.

The program is focused on working with young people, their families and the broader community using health promotion, harm reduction and a community development framework.

Many factors can lead to alcohol and drug use, including, trauma, racism, lack of opportunities, social isolation, boredom, and the stress caused by managing the expectations of family and culture and fitting in with peers and mainstream culture.

Engaging families and community in the project gives them the opportunity to learn more about the impact of these stressors and how they can work to support the young person as they navigate their way to a more positive future.

MDAP is working in partnership with the South Sudanese community in Yarra to address alcohol and drug (AoD) related harms with a flexible approach, with the following key components:

  • Individual and family support, a place based model of care supporting both young people and their families.
  • Sector capacity building to improve the cultural competence and accessibility of mainstream services, so that once this program facilitates a young person’s access to treatment, the treatment is more culturally appropriate and they are more likely to stay in treatment.

WORKPLACE CAPACITY BUILDING

Cultural Competence and working with South Sudanese clients for the AOD sector

Any interaction you have with a client can create misunderstanding that causes worse outcomes. When you work with clients from other cultures or language groups this risk increases significantly.

In this workshop we will give you a systematic way to approach cross cultural communication that will reduce misunderstanding based on culture or language.

You will also learn more about specific AOD stressors for the South Sudanese community and strategies to engage the community.

 

To book a session for your organisation contact sirig@ceh.org.au

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Meet the Team

The Community Engagement and Project Officers will be working with young people and their families to reduce alcohol and drug harm.
The team will also be running education sessions about alcohol and other drugs with the South Sudanese community.

Engagement and Project Officers

Emmanuel (Mani) Bakheit

Emmanuel comes to CEH with experience working with young peoplee in the justice system for the Department of Justice, and more recently for Youth Activating Youth, an agency started and led by young people of African descent.

Ph: 0428 491 161 Email: emmanuelb@nrch.com.au

 

Deng Lual

Deng Lual is a passionate community development worker with ten years’ experience in both the public and private sector. He worked for The Carter Centre, an International non-governmental organisation founded by the former US President Jimmy Carter and supporting the health programs including neglected tropical diseases such as Guinea Worm Eradication and Trachoma Control Programs in South Sudan.  Deng also worked as a civil servant at the County Health Department where he was overseeing health programs.

Throughout his career, Deng has interacted with people of all ages, from diverse and in situations in where cultural awareness and appreciation are integral.

While in Australia, Deng’s worked for both non-governmental organisation and the State Government. He’s a sworn believer of Multiculturalism, he advocates for Social and Economic Justice, Human Rights and anti-racism. He now sits in the Regional Advisory Council of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Deng holds a Diploma in Business Administration and he’s currently pursuing a Diploma in Community Services at RMIT University.

Ph: 0428 248 694 Email: dengl@ceh.org.au

 

Project Coordination

Sophie Dutertre

Project Coordinator sophied@ceh.org.au

 

How we can help

Individual and family support

CEH’s Engagement and Project Officers will work closely with individuals and families to support community members who experience harm from alcohol and drug use. Our workers will:

  • Work with young people to understand their specific needs and facilitate access to appropriate support and treatment.
  • Work with families to enhance mutual understanding and relationships across generations.
  • Educate young people and their families about harm reduction.

 

How to refer to MDAP

If you want support for a client who is a young person from a South Sudanese background experiencing harm from alcohol and drug use, please complete our referral form and send it to us.

 

Who can refer

Community organisations and services, schools, families and faith leaders can all refer into this service by completing the referral form and sending it to us.

When we accept clients into our program we would like to meet you (the referrer) with the client, to ensure the client feels safe and supported in the handover to our service. Please note, young people must participate voluntarily.

How to book workforce development training

We provide training to improve your engagement with diverse communities and to enhance culturally competent and safe service delivery.

Please complete the booking form and we can tailor workforce development for your workplace.

Individual and family support

CEH’s Engagement and Project Officers will work closely with individuals and families to support community members who experience harm from alcohol and drug use. Our workers will:

  • Work with young people to understand their specific needs and facilitate access to appropriate support and treatment.
  • Work with families to enhance mutual understanding and relationships across generations.
  • Educate young people and their families about harm reduction.

Contact us

For general questions about the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Partnership contact mdapadmin@ceh.org.au.

If you are concerned about someone, or if you are a young person who would like support, please complete a referral form and send it to mdapadmin@ceh.org.au.

If you want to contact our team directly:

Emmanuel – 0428 491 161 Email: emmanuelb@nrch.com.au

Deng – 0428 248 694 or dengl@ceh.org.au

Please note the team do not work full time, if you cannot reach them when you call, please leave a message on their phone or send an email to mdapadmin@ceh.org.au and we will get back to you within 2 working days.

If you want to talk to someone now about alcohol or drugs please contact DirectLine https://www.directline.org.au/ or call 1800 888 236 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

If you are a family member of someone who uses drugs or alcohol and want to talk to someone who will not judge you, please call Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 (24 hours, 7 days a week).