Partnering with Spiritual Leaders to Prevent HIV Transmission and Eliminate Stigma in Refugee and Migrant Communities
On 11 March 2014, 45 participants gathered for the Multicultural Sexual Health Network (MSHN) forum at the Department of Health in Melbourne.
The meeting focused on establishing stronger partnerships between service providers and faith-based institutions in addressing HIV risks and stigma in high prevalence migrant and refugee communities.
The forum was informed by the recognition that spiritual leaders have an important role to play in preventing HIV transmission, tackling stigma and providing care to people living with HIV (PLHIV).
As faith-based institutions are grounded in their communities, spiritual leaders 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/AIDS.
Read a full summary of the‘hand in hand: partnering with spiritual leaders in preventing HIV transmission and eliminating stigma in migrant and refugee communities’ MSHN Forum.
MSHN Forum: Racism in Healthcare
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...
Sexual Health and Relationships Education
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.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Health
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.
Taking Action on Hepatitis B
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.
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