HIV and Mobility RESOURCES
The HIV and Mobility: A snapshot of overseas-acquired HIV, November 2023, provides a brief overview of available epidemiological data and research updates (>2018) in relation to overseas-acquired HIV in Australia, with implications for practice. Download the document here.
Since inception, CoPAHM members have been involved in a range of HIV and mobility projects across the sector. Selected projects have been collated into case studies, which highlight ways of working with migrant and mobile populations in the HIV space. CoPAHM members were invited to provide information on project aims and objectives, successes, challenges and lessons learned. If your organisation has a case study that you would like us to be involved in please get in touch.
Project Summary: The Multicultural Community Action Network (M-CAN) supports members of culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities to become peer educators and advocates for the improvement and awareness of sexual and reproductive health among their respective communities. Using a peer-based model, M-CAN empowers peer-educators to deliver sexual and reproductive health education, community-driven campaigns, workshops, and forums. Several presentations and workshops are delivered in the main language of the participants. The M-CAN network is currently made up of over 100 community members from CaLD backgrounds, including migrants, refugees, and international students.
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Mobilising African Community through the South Australian African Communities Health Advisory Committee
Project Summary: The Australian African Communities Health Advisory Committee was established as a response to addressing the issue of HIV among African communities. The committee works with the PEACE (Personal Education and Community Empowerment) Multicultural Services, Relationships Australia (SA) in the planning and delivery of HIV-related programs. This includes events to improve knowledge, challenge attitudes and beliefs, reduce stigma and discrimination, and supporting individuals living with HIV. The committee also act as an advisory body to other related health services to assist them in delivering meaningful services to African communities. The committee is made of influential people from diverse African ethnicities, languages, career, gender, ages and networks.
Watch the film Left Out, created by the Committee: Multicultural Youth Drive - Left Out
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Love Game Brand at the WA AIDS Council and the From Nothing to Something Movement
Project Summary: Love Game’ is a brand of events designed by and for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities with support from WAAC. Love Game aims to increase the uptake of HIV prevention messages and resources by CALD communities. The events have included a Football Tournament and a Red Carpet World AIDS Day event in 2015. Notably, each event is designed so that WAAC can support community members to build their capacity and take ownership of events. It aims to increase exposure to the key messages of prevention, testing and treatment as well as encouraging and normalising the use of condoms.
Project Summary: The Peer Education program aims to improve awareness and dispel misconceptions about BBVs and STIs among refugee and migrant communities by working with communities. Peer educators were recruited from the community and provided training about these infections and how to deliver interactive education sessions. The project sought to increase the educational capacity and reach of the Multicultural Health and Support Services, and create a sustainable program of culturally authentic peer education through consultation and collaboration with priority CALD communities.
Project Summary: Sharing Stories is an innovative project that uses theatre and drama-based strategies to empower members of CALD communities to become peer educators. These educators break through cultural barriers to appropriately communicate sexual health & blood borne virus education as well as offer support, appropriate resources & referral pathways to increase access to sexual health. The project is built on the following health promotion frameworks, strategies & documents: Ottawa Charter, Jakarta Declaration, HIV and Mobility in Australia: Road Map for Action & Community development framework.