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Migration,
Sexuality &
HIV/AIDS
Alison Coelho
AIDS 2014
CEH
• Provides support to agencies in Victoria and
across Australia on developing culturally
competent service systems. Th...
MHSS works with:
• Communities from
refugee, migrants,
international students
and asylum seekers;
• Service providers, and...
MHSS Program Logic
Reduced incidences of new Blood borne Viruses (BBVs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in CALD...
MHSS client groups
recent arrivals:
Unaccompanied minors, BVEs,
Vertical transmission, HBV
postnatal infection, MSM, not
v...
migrant & refugee
health issues
prolonged camp experience -
poor nutrition/oral health - low
literacy/health literacy -
pe...
Levels of participation
9
Mefalopulos, Paolo 2008 Development Communication Sourcebook: Broadening the Boundaries of
Commu...
why involve communities
• Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986)
which states:
• “Health promotion is the process of e...
why involve communities
• Jakarta Declaration on Leading Health Promotion
into the 21st Century (1997), which states
• “He...
health literacy
• Understanding information (whose
responsibility)?
• Making decisions about an individuals health
• Takin...
decision making-
our planning is based on the following:
• Global, National, State and Local Data
• Policy
• research and ...
MHSS success with
communities
• Hip Hop 4 Health
• International Students
• Corrections
• IDU/Mums
• African Women's
• Out...
Thank you
Alison Coelho
Manager, MHSS
T: 9418 9909
M: 0409 166 870
alisonc@ceh.org.au
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Migration, Sexuality & HIV/AIDS

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In this presentation, Alison Coelho discusses the impact of migration on the sexual health of migrant communities in Victoria, Australia. This presentation was given at the Under the Baobab African Diaspora Networking Zone at the International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2014.

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Migration, Sexuality & HIV/AIDS

  1. 1. Migration, Sexuality & HIV/AIDS Alison Coelho AIDS 2014
  2. 2. CEH • Provides support to agencies in Victoria and across Australia on developing culturally competent service systems. This is undertaken via training, capacity building, research, resource development, project management and consultancy.  Multicultural Health & Support Service
  3. 3. MHSS works with: • Communities from refugee, migrants, international students and asylum seekers; • Service providers, and; • Multicultural organisations including ethno-specific services.
  4. 4. MHSS Program Logic Reduced incidences of new Blood borne Viruses (BBVs) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in CALD communities Client outreach support Community education and outreach Community action Education sessions and trainings on BBVs and STIs Organisational capacity building and advocacy/ sector development Community partnerships in all phases of the project Training and partnership with stakeholders (such as government agencies, generalist, multicultural and ethno-specific organisations) Individualised support and referral to appropriate services (such as housing, education, health etc.) Culturally-responsive services Initiatives by community members to take charge of their health and wellbeing Increase in uptake of relevant generalist and multicultural services Reduction in risk-taking behaviours and increase in uptake of harm minimisation strategies Increase access to relevant screening, testing, treatment and support services Better health outcome for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities Increased awareness and knowledge of STIs and BBVs, and available care and support services Increased awareness and knowledge of BBVs and STIs
  5. 5. MHSS client groups recent arrivals: Unaccompanied minors, BVEs, Vertical transmission, HBV postnatal infection, MSM, not vaccinated in home country established communities: Unaware of status, misinformation about transmission risk, IDU, Juvenile Justice, Corrections
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Levels of participation 9 Mefalopulos, Paolo 2008 Development Communication Sourcebook: Broadening the Boundaries of Communication, Washington, D C: World Bank
  8. 8. why involve communities • Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986) which states: • “Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health. Health promotion focuses on the population as a whole rather than people at risk of specific diseases, with actions directed to improve the health and wellbeing of the whole community.”
  9. 9. why involve communities • Jakarta Declaration on Leading Health Promotion into the 21st Century (1997), which states • “Health is a basic human right and is essential for social and economic development. It is a process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Health promotion, through investment and action, has a marked impact on the determinants of health so as to create the greatest health gain for people, to contribute significantly to the reduction of inequities in health, to further human rights, and to build social capital.
  10. 10. health literacy • Understanding information (whose responsibility)? • Making decisions about an individuals health • Taking action • Self advocacy • Influencing change
  11. 11. decision making- our planning is based on the following: • Global, National, State and Local Data • Policy • research and project evaluations • extensive face to face consultation with communities • consultations with the sector • current issues, trend and needs
  12. 12. MHSS success with communities • Hip Hop 4 Health • International Students • Corrections • IDU/Mums • African Women's • Outreach- • SWAB • Peer Education
  13. 13. Thank you Alison Coelho Manager, MHSS T: 9418 9909 M: 0409 166 870 alisonc@ceh.org.au

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