We’re proud of the diverse population in our region and are involved in a variety of services and programs that help meet the specific health needs of some of our local community groups.
We see the health of the refugee community as a priority and are building strong relationships with the community and local service providers to assist in improving equity and access to health care.
We’ve developed the Refugee Health Program Resources sheet for health professionals to quickly access details and referral information on the below services:
The Change Program
Two-thirds of Australian adults and a quarter of children are now overweight or obese. Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and so far, initiatives to tackle the crisis haven’t had much of an impact.
The Change Program is a new initiative which involves people working directly with their GP to improve their health and wellbeing through diet and exercise whilst being regularly monitored by their GP. Health Professionals can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Hepatitis in Chinese and Korean Communities
Since 2018, we’ve partnered with Hepatitis NSW to deliver in-language education workshops to increase awareness of hepatitis B within our Chinese and Korean communities. The workshops also provide an opportunity for community members to receive a free FibroScan which is used to estimate the stage of liver disease. This is very useful in the assessment of patients with chronic liver disease, including chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C.
In addition to the education sessions, Hepatitis NSW held the first Hepatitis B Chinese Family Health Fun Day in Western Sydney in 2019 and plan to continue to provide events such as this to educate the community about hep B.
Health professionals can access pathways on hepatitis B by logging into Western Sydney HealthPathways.
Free hepatitis B information is available for community members on our Healthy Western Sydney website.
Hepatitis NSW have developed some great videos on hepatitis to help explain what it is and how treatment can help:
Progressing Health Now
Find out more about our other Services and Programs available for Western Sydney community members.