Multicultural Sexual Health Network
MSHN brings together people working across sectors to share information, enhance service coordination and explore ways to improve sexual health for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
The Multicultural Sexual Health Network (MSHN) is a platform that brings together stakeholders from different sectors, such as health, youth, settlement, education, employment and housing to discuss strategies to address emerging blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections affecting asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and international students. MSHN was launched in April 2013 and has since run forums covering areas such as Hepatitis B, HIV, sexuality education and same sex attraction in multicultural communities. Join our mailing list to receive updates about upcoming forums.
A migrant woman is at the hospital. Her baby has died. She is handed a note, written in English, informing her of the loss. A husband and wife, from a migrant background, sit in the doctor’s office. The wife has been experiencing health...read more
To celebrate youth week, the Multicultural Sexual Health Network held a forum on 14 April 2016, to share knowledge and tools to provide quality sexual health and healthy relationships education to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We also launched our new resource, SHARE.read more
To coincide with White Ribbon Day in November 2015 the Multicultural Sexual Health Network ran the forum, Domestic Violence and Sexual Health at the Multicultural Hub, Melbourne. Seventy people attended the forum on 17th Nvember 2015 to hear from speakers: Darlene, Roshan Bhandary, Dr Regina Quiazon, Dr Joanne Gardiner and Dr Ruth De Souza.read more
MHSS support culturally and linguistically diverse communities to understand, test for and vaccinate against Hepatitis B, through our community education, peer education and community action projects. MHSS also offer workforce development in Hepatitis B, in order to extend the reach of this work. In line with this, the Multicultural Sexual Health Network hosted the Taking Action on Hepatitis B Forum celebrating World Hepatitis Day.read more
The MSHN Ballarat forum was held in the newly built Ballarat Community Health Centre on 21st May 2015. Thirty-three people attended, predominantly from Ballarat, with some state-wide agencies attending from Melbourne. The forum provided the opportunity for participants to hear about sexual health in regional areas, with a particular focus on Ballarat and the sexual health needs of people from refugee and migrant communities.read more
More than 50 people attended the After AIDS 2014 forum on 21st October 2014 to reflect on the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS2014), held in Melbourne in July 2014. The forum provided the opportunity for participants to share promising practices in preventing HIV transmission in migrant and refugee communities and mobile population groups such as temporary migrants and international students.read more
Partnering with Spiritual Leaders to Prevent HIV Transmission and Eliminate Stigma in Refugee and Migrant Communities
Faith-based institutions are grounded in their communities, spiritual leaders therefore have great influence over their congregations and enjoy credibility among community members. As a result, spiritual leaders and their institutions have an opportunity to make a real difference in addressing HIV and HIV related stigma.read more
Eighty participants gathered at the Melbourne Multicultural Hub on Tuesday 15 October 2013 for the second Multicultural Sexual Health Network forum. The forum focused on how the service sector could best address the needs of same-sex attracted people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.read more
An increased intake, a better response: addressing the health needs of greater numbers of refugees and asylum seekers
MSHN was launched in April 2013. The launch forum focused on how the service sector could best address the needs of refugees and asylum seekers particularly given the significant increase in humanitarian intake announced in August 2012.read more
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