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 four key components:

  • Individual and family support, a place based model of care supporting both young people and their families.
  • Peer Education (here, “peer” means other young people with South Sudanese backgrounds) with young people to support service navigation and harm reduction behaviours.
  • Community education workshops with the South Sudanese community to improve service navigation and understanding of alcohol and other drugs.
  • 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.


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

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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

Anyaak Abiel

Anyaak is of South Sudanese heritage and is passionate about social justice and community empowerment. He’s been involved in a number of community organisations which work with CALD communities including 4 years of youth work at Drummond Street Service’s Drum Youth Services program. Here, he ran sport and recreation programs with young African Australians living in the inner city of Melbourne, and was involved with individual support work and case management with the young people and their families. Anyaak loves creativity and philosophy and working with people, in particular young people.

Anyaak holds a Certificate III in Community Services Work, Certificate IV, Diploma and Advance Diploma of Justice and is currently a second year student studying Bachelor of Criminology and majoring in Psychology.

Ph: 0428 491 161 Email:


Yom Maker Adeng

Yom  is a 20-year-old South Sudanese Australian who came to Australia at the age of four. Yom is an active community member providing mentorship support to young people aged between 10 to 25 from the South Sudanese/African background.

She is currently in her second year studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Australia Catholic University, and has worked in the age care sector for over two years.

Ph: 0419 619 365 Email:


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:


Project Coordination

Sophie Dutertre

Project Coordinator


How we can help

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 community education

We provide free education for South Sudanese community groups, or groups with South Sudanese members, about alcohol and drugs.

Topics include:

  • What drugs are being used and their effect on people
  • Explanation and examples of harm reduction
  • How to talk about drug use with loved ones
  • Where to go for support

Please complete the booking form and we can tailor an education session for your group.

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.

Our Partners


Key partners

Technical support and project evaluation

Professional development and parenting support for families

Community expertise and support  with community education

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Training, clinical support and after-hours support

AoD workforce development partner

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

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

If you want to contact our team directly:

Anyaak –  0428 491 161 or

Yom – 0419 619 365 or

Deng – 0428 248 694 or

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 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 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).