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Media Release – Workforce of Multicultural Health Educators Project

Gippsland Women’s Health launch an innovative project to support women from multicultural backgrounds living in the Latrobe Valley access health information and support.

Gippsland Women’s Health (GWH) in partnership with Gippsland Multicultural Services (GMS) are pleased to announce the launch of the Workforce of Multicultural Health Educators (WoMHen) Project.

Funded by Working for Victoria, this project has recently employed local multicultural women’s health educators in the Latrobe Valley to provide educational information and support to women including support in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gippsland project will focus on women from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds living in the Latrobe Valley and surrounding areas.

GWH’s, Ms Melanie Brown said “We are well aware of the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women, especially migrant and bilingual women. Rural and remote women face additional challenges and vulnerabilities when it comes to reliable access to information that supports informed health decision making. Gippsland Women’s Health is excited to launch this project in partnership with Gippsland Multicultural Service, who are committed to supporting a local health approach for women.”

Gippsland Multicultural Services CEO Ms Tania Ryan said “We are excited that this project and the team will support the voices of Gippsland migrant and bilingual women to be heard, informing future education and response to health issues and crises. Accessible health information is vital to the health and wellbeing of women in our community.“

Ms Brown said “With support from GWH and GMS, the project team will build on migrant and refugee women’s knowledge about prevention, early intervention, and treatment options in relation to their health and well-being through community outreach. This will enable women to access culturally and linguistically appropriate health information and referrals and to build their capacity to make informed choices. It is crucial for us to acknowledge individual women’s diverse cultural, health, and social experiences to support their health decision making.”

For further enquires please contact Melanie Brown at melanie.brown@gwhealth.asn.au or (03) 51 43 1600.