Multicultural Health
& Support Service

We aim to prevent HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in refugee and migrant communities, asylum seekers and mobile populations

What we offer

For Community
& Young People:

Join the Multicultural Community Action Network (M-CAN)

Are you from a refugee or migrant background and want to lead changes to improve the health of your community?

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Are you from a refugee or migrant background and want to lead changes to improve the health of your community? We want to develop long term partnerships with people from the community like you to help guide our actions and our work. The Multicultural Community Action Network (M-CAN) is also a space for you to meet people from your community as well as people from other communities to share ideas and learn from one another. There are three meetings held each year, which also include guest speakers who will present about useful topics to help develop your skills to advocate for your community needs. For example, one topic included information about how to contact the media to promote issues that are important to your community. To join the network, please just click on the button below and fill out the form. Membership is free. For more information about the network, please contact Mabor Chadhuol

Join the Multicultural Community Action Network

Become a Youth Ambassador

Are you a young person (15-25 years old) from a refugee or migrant background, and passionate about improving the health of young people?

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Are you a young person (15-25 years old) from a refugee or migrant background, and passionate about sexual health issues?

We work with young and passionate people like you to reach out to other young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to improve the health.

We provide training and support to take action around the issues of blood-borne viruses, sexually transmissible infections and healthy relationships.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Be a voice for change
  • Support young people’s right to participate
  • Help us develop and share resources for other young people
  • Be part of the Multicultural Community Action Network
  • Lead the conversation on youth sexual health issues
  • Take action on different and interesting community development health projects

This is a volunteer position.

Please contact CEH if you are interested. 

Book a community education session

We provide free community education sessions to people from refugee, migrant, asylum seekers backgrounds, and international students at selected institutions.
As we are not funded to work with the broad international students population at this time, we need to charge a small fee to universities.
Our education sessions focus on healthy and respectful relationships, consent, gender equity, sexual health, contraception, cultural understanding, sexually transmissible infections (STIs), and blood borne viruses (BBVs).
We work with communities to understand and reduce the harms associated with drug use.
We deliver information in a culturally responsive way that aims to decrease stigma and discrimination.
If you are interested in a topic that is not listed, please contact us to see if we are able to build a session that suits your needs.

Register for a community education session

 

For Professionals
working with
refugees & migrants:

Book training session for professionals

We offer training and resources to health and welfare service providers about Blood Borne Viruses (BBVs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and assist agencies to become more culturally competent in their service delivery.

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We provide training and presentations to support your work with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, asylum seekers and mobile populations.
We work directly with communities in partnership to address issues such as healthy and respectful relationships, gender equity, sexual consent, sexual health, contraception, STIs, BBVs, cultural understanding, and harm reduction approaches to drug taking. 
We deliver information in a culturally responsive way that aims to decrease stigma and discrimination. 
We collaborate with agencies from multiple sectors to consider and practice cultural competency in the sexual health and support services they provide to multicultural communities.
If you have any further questions, please contact CEH. Training which is specifically tailored to needs may incur a cost and we will be happy to provide you a quote.

 

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Join the Multicultural Sexual Health Network

We bring together people who work across sectors to share information, enhance service coordination and explore ways to improve sexual health for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

We run three forums a year to discuss emerging blood borne virus and sexual health issues and how they may effect people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Join the Multicultural Sexual Health Network

HBV Made Easy – hepatitis B workshops

This introductory half-day workshop is for health and support workers who wish to learn the basics about hepatitis B and effective strategies for working with affected communities.

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Nearly two-thirds of people who live with chronic hepatitis B in Australia come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds or from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Nearly half of the people who have hepatitis B do not know they have it. Without treatment, up to 25 per cent will die from liver failure or liver cancer. What you will learn:

  • Understand the basic facts about Hepatitis B testing, transmission and treatment
  • Explore strategies that meet the needs of affected communities
  • Learn about resources, supports and websites that assist health workers and the affected communities to seek help.

This introductory half-day workshop is for health and support workers who wish to learn the basics about hepatitis B and effective strategies for working with affected communities. The training module has been developed in partnership with St Vincent’s Melbourne and the Multicultural Health and Support Service at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health. 

Dates for 2018 Include:
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If you have any further questions please contact CEH.

 

Who we work with

  • Newly arrived refugees, asylum seekers, temporary protection visa holders and migrants
  • Young people from migrant and refugee populations
  • Adult men and women
  • Injecting drug users
  • People in custodial settings
  • Same-sex attracted people
  • International students from high prevalence countries
  • Mobile populations

Why we work with refugee and migrant communities

Refugees and migrants experience poorer health outcomes compared to the broader Australian population.

Stressors such as the migration experience, exposure to new sexual cultures and loss of social networks are some of the factors that can make refugee and migrants more vulnerable to blood borne viruses (BBVs) and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

We aim to address these health inequalities.

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