This website is part of Sexual Health Week, an annual campaign initiated by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health (DoH), to highlight the importance of Sexual Health.
This website focuses on the health of migrant and refugee communities.
Sexual Health Week
TALK. TEST. TREAT: to look after your health!
Sexual health problems and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) don’t discriminate. Anyone who is sexually active, of any age, gender, sexuality, lifestyle, location, culture or ethnicity who has sex, can have sexual health issues or get an STI without knowing it.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, many sexual health issues have become more prominent. For instance, rates of STI cases in Victoria continue to increase with the highest number of notified STI cases in 2019 since records began in 1991.
To address these issues, the Multicultural Health & Support Service has been engaged by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health to lead the CALD campaign for Sexual Health Week.
We created this website to increase awareness of sexual health among migrant and refugee communities, to:
- Normalise talking about sexual health as part of one’s general health maintenance.
- Reduce stigma by normalising sexual health testing and treatment, for all STIs including syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and HIV.
- Promote and encourage ACTION through the 3 x Talk, Test & Treat messages in a culturally competent manner.
Our approach focuses on reinforcing and increasing awareness of sexual health, care and testing, to drive:
- Attitude – awareness of one’s own sexual health & potential risk and ability to talk about these issues.
- Behaviour change – undertake regular check ups and seek STI testing as per guideline recommendations.
- Health Knowledge – where to seek treatment for any sexual health issue and stick to full course of treatment.
Thank you for promoting Sexual Health Week to the communities you work with.
Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS): https://www.ceh.org.au/multicultural-health-support-service/
MHSS, a program of CEH works with communities and health professionals to address the poorer health outcomes experienced by people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Its goal is to prevent new incidences and transmission of STIs, HIV, blood borne viruses (BBVs) and viral hepatitis among these communities.
CEH is a programme of North Richmond Community Health, a not for profit community health centre, which aims to build healthier communities by making healthcare more accessible and culturally relevant.
Health Translations: Translated information, managed by CEH on behalf of the Victorian State Government www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au
BetterHealth Channel (Victorian Government health & medical info) : https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/STI
ABOUT The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) https://www.ceh.org.au/
CEH is a unique agency offering expertise in cultural diversity and health, education and training, cultural competence, social marketing, cross-cultural communication and consumer participation.
We assist organisations to provide a high quality of service to clients from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Our clients include hospitals, government departments, local councils, health centres, community services and higher education providers.
CEH is a program of North Richmond Community Health (NRCH).