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CaLD Sexual Health Resources review

Date: 2021 - 2022

Funding details: This research is supported by funding from the Western Australian Department of Health.

Project status: Complete.

Ethics approval: Complete. Approved by the Curtin Human Research Ethics Committee (HRE2021-0574)

Project team: Corie Gray (Curtin University), Dr Roanna Lobo (Curtin University), Dr Gemma Crawford (Curtin University) and Dr Daniel Vujcich (Curtin University).

Project overview and aims: The WA Health, Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Program (WA SHBBVP) is developing resources to communicate sexual health information to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. These resources will be housed on the Department of Health website, covering 8 sexual health and blood borne virus topics, and will provide information on: symptoms, preventing infection, testing methods and treatment options, risks of untreated infections and locations of testing services. 

The project is supported by an Advisory Group led by WA SHBBVP, involving experts working in organisations to address sexual health among people from CaLD backgrounds. The following organisations are represented: Department of Health (Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Program), Department of Health (Cultural Diversity Unit), Department of Health (Communications Directorate), HepatitisWA, WAAC, Humanitarian Entrant Health Service, WA Country Health Service Katanning, Office of Multicultural Interests, Health Consumer Council of WA, Sexual Health Quarters, Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Services, and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA. 

The purpose of this research was to pre-test draft resources with the target audience (CaLD consumers), to improve resources prior to distribution. We conducted interviews and focus groups with people from CaLD backgrounds (n=28),  assessing clarity of message, readability, and appropriateness of design and information. Feedback is being incorporated into the resources, which are due to be released in 2023.

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