The MHOH program is designed to address some of the complex health concerns faced by people from culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) communities. In conjunction with Department of Health WA, MHOH endeavours to work with these communities with strategies that address the sensitivity of the subject matter in regard to the health concerns. Using a holistic approach of health and wellbeing, MHOH aims to enhance the awareness and knowledge of Blood-Borne Virus (BBV), Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Sexual Health and promotes access to prevention, testing and treatment. To achieve its objectives, the MHOH education and prevention program:
• Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate information sessions related to Health and wellbeing.
• Provides culturally and linguistically appropriate information and education on Blood Borne Virus (BBV), Sexually transmitted Infections (STI) and sexual health
• Provides bilingual workers and service provider’s relevant knowledge and skills to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate sexual health, STI and BBV education and related information to CaLD communities.
• Empowers youth from CaLD backgrounds through mentoring programs that provide information and education on healthy living to promote MHOH objectives.
• Promotes healthy living habits and encourages communities to be more involved in activities that improve their attitudes towards healthy living especially in regard to BBV, STI and sexual health.
MHOH notes that significant barriers exist for people from the CaLD communities in accessing health services. Some of the key concerns addressed by MHOH program include:
• Lack of awareness and understanding how this can be a health risk
• Lack of awareness and knowledge about Transmission
• Misconceptions of BBV and Sexually transmitted Infections (STI)
• Stigma and taboo around the subject
• Lack of awareness and knowledge about services and how best to access them
• Cultural differences which would include traditional beliefs about sex and sexual relations
• Cost of access to services if not eligible for Medicare.
MHOH in collaboration with the following services hopes to address some of the challenges people from CaLD communities face. For more information on services offered and how to access them please contact us at Multicultural Services WA or visit the following links to websites of the available services in WA:
• Hepatitis B & C – for more information please visit: http://www.hepatitiswa.com.au/
• HIV – for more information please visit: http://waaids.com/hiv.html
• STI’s (Sexually Transmissible Infections) for more information please visit: – http://www.couldihaveit.com.au/STI-facts
• Obesity – for more information please visit: http://www.swapitwa.com.au/
• Heart Disease – for more information please visit: http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/
• Cancer – for more information please visit: https://www.cancerwa.asn.au/resources/
• Diabetes – for more information please visit: http://diabeteswa.com.au/
MSCWA welcomes communities, service providers and individuals to be a part of My Health Our Health. If you would like to find out more information about the program, book a session for your community or are interested in becoming a peer mentor, please contact Leonard Aung, Program Manager, MHOH on 9328 2699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.