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SydWest Multicultural Services focuses on health and wellbeing of migrants and refugees

SydWest Multicultural Services has undertaken several events in the recent weeks that have a significant focus on health and wellbeing of migrants and refugees. These include:

Blacktown International Men’s Day

SydWest and partners held a special event at PCYC Blacktown as part of International Men’s Day, celebrating men and boys health and wellbeing, gender relations and men as role models. The day started with everyone having a health check (blood pressure, diabetes test, etc), before guest speakers talked about the importance of health, exercise and regular check-ups. Our partners also had tables setup, for easy information access. Everyone enjoyed the music and sporting activities on offer (soccer, basketball, table tennis), then shared a BBQ lunch.

Thanks to every community member who attended and all our partners – Blacktown Family Relationship Centre, Blacktown City Council, Marist 180, Blacktown Police, Department of Human Service -Blacktown, MTC, SSI, Family Referral, TAFE, Ability link and Reach for Training – for a wonderful day.

Hello Doctor Refugee Health Event Mt Druitt

The Settlement & Families Teams at SydWest came together at the ‘Hello Doctor’ refugee health event in Mt Druitt and provided face-painting fun for kids, both big and small.  The event gave refugee families the chance to meet local health providers, and to find out what services are available and how to access them. Interpreters were also present on the day to ensure that information provided was accessible for everyone attending the event.

Girls Fitness Bootcamp, Mt Druitt – Nutrition Day

SydWest’s Mt Druitt Youth Team has been coordinating Fitness Bootcamps for girls, in partnership with Venus Gym over the past few months. As part of the program, they recently had a special session on nutrition and the girls were invited to bring their mothers to this session too.

Carmen Alvarado, a Nutritionist from Nutritious ‘n’ Delicious presented to the girls and moms about healthy eating and showed the girls how to make delicious healthy snacks, salads and a shake.  One key thing that Carmen highlighted for the girls is they are young and busy with school, physical activities and so they need to make sure they eat healthily to complement their busy lifestyle. Without good nutrition, they will always be exhausted and drained. The girls asked many questions and the talk was very informative.

For more information on the programs and projects at SydWest, visit www.sydwestms.org.au or Telephone 02 9621 6633.

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Mt Druitt Refugee health expo. Group shot