Serving all Arabic Speaking Communities

Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures

Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures

This project, in partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and the Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, aimed to improve the capacity of young people and their parents to reduce the risk of alcohol-related harm.

The project also sought to improve access to health information/resources in immigrant and refugee communities from diverse Arabic speaking backgrounds.

The project commenced in March 2013 and its target group was young people aged 12 - 24 years from immigrant and refugee communities across Victoria. The project also worked with parents of young participants in separate education sessions.

Education modules included content on a range of topics, including:

  • alcohol effects
  • risks and consequences in the context of migration and settlement
  • experiences of discrimination and feelings of social exclusion
  • sources of help
  • managing changing social values and practices in relation to cultural expectations

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Community Capacity Building

  • We have recently completed projects which have addressed issues of community concern, including community safety, crime prevention, health and well-being:

    • Arabic Speaking Youth Inclusion

      Funded by the Department of Justice this project was developed to build participant skills and knowledge in the effort to reduce the incidence of crime and violence within schools, home and the community.

      Through a series of 12 education workshops and in partnership with schools, the project successfully engaged 140 Arabic speaking youth, aged 13 to 16 years.

    • Minutes Matter Media

      This was a community education project that raised awareness of the signs of heart attack amongst Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in partnership with the Heart Foundation.

    • Taking a stand against cyber-bullying

      With funding from Moreland City Council this project ran a parent education programme in Arabic to strengthen the capacity of families to respond to issues of cyber-bullying. 

      The project achieved an increased awareness amongst Arabic speaking parents to keep their children safe online. Participants also developed skills to be peer educators and thus, resource and support other Arabic speaking parents around issues of cyber bullying and children’s safety.