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SydWest Multicultural Services – Access to Health Programs

 Access to Health and Wellbeing of Newly Arrived Australians

SydWest Multicultural Services has an ongoing focus on health and wellbeing for all our newly arrived refugee and migrant clients. We work closely with the  Western Sydney Local Health District and Nepean – Blue Mountain Local Health Districts respectively, including Multicultural Health, to provide information and access to a range of health services and information to support our refugee/migrant communities to maintain their health and wellbeing.

SydWest Multicultural Services currently runs two classes of YOGA for refugees and migrants to develop their understanding of yoga practice and help with their general health and wellbeing. The classes are offered as men-only and women-only, to increase their participation rates.

Our Women & Families Team maintains a key priority on encouraging health and wellbeing through delivery of special topic sessions with our Womens support groups. Current  topics include family health, diabetes awareness and cervical screening, partnering with topic specialists.

The Settlement Services Team has also undertaken community consultations on Settlement Stressors, Supports  and Health of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in Western Sydney and understanding health services and checks available in the community.  We often run these consultations in conjunction with either group meetings or high-profile events, such as International Women’s Day. Specifically for our area, we have also consulted on the Afghan community’s health needs, with issues arising including mental health, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Our Settlement Services Team has run recently sessions on Oral Health and Stress Management,  providing valuable information and practical tips to participants.

Our upcoming Health and Wellbeing calendar includes:

  • Hello Doctor Expo – held in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District, SydWest is running another Hello Doctor expo on 5 June 2019, at TAFE Blacktown. Nineteen local health and community services are already confirmed for the event, including GPs. We expect that more than 300 TAFE students will attend.
  • Men’s Health Week event  11th June 2019 – a local community services collaboration at the Mt Druitt Hub, more than 50 local refugee and migrant men expected to attend. The Expo will feature health check-ups, tests for blood pressure, sugar/diabetes and health information like Bowel Cancer, Prostate Cancer, drug and alcohol, etc.