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.
Pacific Islander Mental Health Initiative
Working towards the provision of culturally responsive, evidence-based mental health and wellbeing support for Pacific communities across Greater Western Sydney, the Pacific Islander Mental Health Initiative aims to address these needs with the below two components:
Training Pacific Islander community members to become Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) educators who will then provide MHFA training to Pacific community group leaders and members to increase mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviour.
Find out more information and how you can be involved in this initiative by visiting our CommunityHQ hub.
Through community consultations or ‘Mental Health Talanoa’s’, the University of Wollongong will conduct research into mental health concerns among the Pacific community of Greater Western Sydney to help understand the prevalence of mental health concerns within this group and barriers to accessing support services. Targeted workforce resources will aim to improve the mental health literacy of health workers and Pacific people with lived experience of mental illness through research culturally appropriate resources.
This project is jointly funded by the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network and the NSW Ministry of Health. The University of Wollongong has been contracted to complete the research component and One Door Mental Health has been contracted to coordinate the MHFA component of this initiative.
Progressing Health Now
Find out more about other Programs and Priorities for Western Sydney.