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Addressing HIV, BBVs and STIs in partnership with CALD communities


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Alison Coelho from the Multicultural Health and Support Service of the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health, discusses networks set up to address HIV, BBVs and STIs in partnership with CALD communities in Victoria and Nationally.

This presentation was given at the AFAO National HIV Forum in Sydney, 17 October 2014.

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Addressing HIV, BBVs and STIs in partnership with CALD communities

  1. 1. AFAO National HIV Forum 2014 Alison Coelho
  2. 2. Global prevalence of HIV, 2009 Source: UNAIDS.
  3. 3. HIV looks different on an international scale • Heterosexual transmission • Impact on families and children • 50% of world’s population live in our region • MSM, transmission most common in Australia
  4. 4. migrant & refugee health issues prolonged camp experience - poor nutrition/oral health - low literacy/health literacy - perceptions of authority - reconfigured families - loss/grief - experiences of torture and trauma - journey experience - visits home - isolation/discrimination-service sector navigation
  5. 5. Partnerships with sectors • sector development-MSHN- 21 oct • policy & advocacy
  6. 6. Who can participate in MSHN? • MSHN is an open forum where representatives from a number of sectors participate according to identified professional development and organisational needs. • This includes people working in academia, health, community, youth, housing, resettlement and education.
  7. 7. amash • Australian multicultural alliance on sexual health • Next meeting-21st Oct • national voice for services that work with refugee and migrant communities • collective and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of refugee and migrant communities regarding BBV/STI prevention