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    Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Program

    Overview

    • A​SHM recognises the vital role that community health sector organisations play in the testing, diagnosis, treatment and care of those at risk of and living with HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) priority populations in Australia
    • ASHM collaborates with key partners and stakeholders across the sector to support this work in two key areas:

    Education, training and support for CALD health sector care

    ASHM offers a range of face-to-face education courses focusing on viral hepatitis, HIV and sexual Health for Multicultural Health Workers, nurses, general practitioners and allied health workers.

    We are able to tailor specific courses to your local context and audience, such as these examples:

        • Update in Viral Hepatitis for Primary Care Providers offering refugee health services
        • Update in Hepatitis B for primary care practitioners who see patients from an Arabic-speaking background
        • Preventing Liver Cancer in the Italian Community: Hepatitis B Update for GPs
        • Update in Hepatitis B for Multicultural Health Workers

    ASHM is available to assist all health care sector workers to strengthen staff and service capacity to effectively prevent, test for and manage viral hepatitis, HIV and sexual transmissible infections within CALD communities. Please contact us for more information.

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    Health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities

    Throughout 2016-17, ASHM is working with a number of agencies working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities to prioritise the development and distribution of a range of culturally appropriate web-based educational resources and toolkits that aim to support these communities accessing testing, diagnosis, treatment and management of BBV and STI.


    Project Background

    This resource development project is part of a Commonwealth-funded initiative comprising the Department of Health's Blood-borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Prevention and Education Programme.  It is one of six activities in the programme:

        • Activity 1
          Resources for gay men and men who have sex with men – Community education and
          health literacy addressing BBV and STI with a focus on HIV.
        • Activity 2
          Resources for sex workers – Community education and health literacy addressing BBV and
          STI, with a focus on STI.
        • Activity 3
          Resources for young people aged 30 years and below – Culturally appropriate community
          education and health literacy addressing BBV and STI, with a focus on STI.
        • Activity 4
          Health resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and
          Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities – Community education and health literacy
          addressing BBV and STI.
        • Activity 5
          Addressing systemic barriers and stigma and discrimination to increase access to the
          health system by people at risk of or living with HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
        • Activity 6
          Deliver culturally appropriate community education to increase health literacy and
          knowledge on BBV and STI prevention (including prevention of re/co-infection), testing and
          treatment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in remote and very remote
          communities. This Activity aims to deliver measurable increases to testing and treatment
          rates for BBV and STI by linking the priority population with ACCHS participating in this
          Activity.

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    Process + Phasing

    The activity comprises four phases:

        • Resource audit and community consultation and prioritisation process
        • Resource development based on community consultation and identified population and disease priorities
        • Resource distribution and promotion under a defined plan
        • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and reporting

    Governance

    Integral to the project is a consultative and collaborative approach, whereby two Advisory Committees (one guiding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources; one guiding CALD resources) with community representation will provide ongoing guidance and provide critical input into resource prioritisation.

    A smaller Steering Committee, with representatives from the two Advisory Committees plus technical experts, will have formally delegated authority to select resources to be developed and agencies to be sub-contracted, based on the Advisory Committees’ recommendations.

    Sub-contracted agencies will develop online education toolkits based on the identified priorities. Under a promotion and distribution plan developed by the Committees, ASHM and the contracted agencies, the toolkits will be promoted among the target community/ies, utilising collaborating agencies’ existing effective networks and community reach, and specific evidence-based promotional strategies. M&E and reporting will occur across all activity phases to measure project impact/outcomes and provide ongoing implementation feedback.


    For more information

    Contact Karen Seager

    Senior Project Officer, National Policy and Education Division

    Email:  karen.seager@ashm.org.au

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