Multicultural statewide services develop and implement initiatives across NSW to increase the capacity of the health system through providing training for health staff, policy advice, and assessment and treatment for patients or clients.
Multicultural statewide services in NSW Health
MHCS develops and provides multilingual health resources, multicultural social marketing and health communication campaigns. MHCS has a website that hosts over 400 free downloadable multilingual health resources on a variety of health topics in 65 languages. MHCS offers a number of services ranging from translation, ethnic media advice and research, to the production and distribution of multilingual resources. It also specializes in providing strategic advice to health-funded services on multicultural communication and social marketing.
MHAHS implements a range of HIV and viral hepatitis initiatives with and for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including a clinical support service.
MPGS assists problem gamblers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and their families by providing quality and accessible counselling, treatment and support services. MPGS is a joint initiative of the Community Relations Commission and the Western Sydney Local Health District, and funding is providing by the Responsible Gaming Fund.
This program aims to prevent the practice of FGM in NSW and minimise the health and psychological impact of the practice on women, girls and their families affected by, or at risk. The program provides both professional and allied health education, community education, and development with communities that are from FGM practicing countries. FGM is illegal in NSW and any person found guilty of carrying out, aiding or abetting the practice is now liable to a 21 year jail penalty.
Established in 1999, the Refugee Health Service aims to promote the health of people from a refugee background living in NSW. Roles include providing health assessments, advice and referral, training and support for health service providers, delivering health information to refugees, undertaking targeted health promotion, researching health needs and service delivery, and advocacy and advice.
The Centre works with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in NSW to provide them with access to consultations and assessments for the identification of mental health problems, information and referral, initiatives to promote mental health and wellbeing, support for carers, and direct assistance using bilingual mental health professionals.
This program works in partnership with women, their employers and other key stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the workplace. WHAW has initiated a bilingual training program providing information on workplace issues and linking women to relevant services on women’s health and workplace health and safety.
Affiliated Health Organisations
Affiliated Health Organisations are private benevolent institutions, recognised as public hospitals or public health service providers in respect of certain identified services.
STARTTS is an affiliated health organisation that receives core funding from NSW Health and aims to assist refugees and people from refugee like backgrounds recover from their experiences of torture and/or trauma and build a new life in Australia.
DAMEC is a statewide, non-profit, non-government organisation supported by NSW Health. DAMEC aims to reduce the harm associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs within culturally and linguistically diverse communities in NSW.