Link Health and Community

Overcoming barriers limiting access to health services for the Rohingya refugee community

About the project

Link Health and Community will be undertaking a project that seeks to understand the health and well-being needs of the Rohingya community in Melbourne’s south east. The mostly male community is made up of refugee and asylum seekers who do not have a written language.

This means that information must be presented orally or visually.

Link Health and Community recognises the importance of understanding the enablers and barriers to the community gaining and sharing health related information. Philip Moran, CEO of Link Health and Community, said the organisation is “thrilled to be supported by Health Issues Centre and looks forward to improving health literacy and access to much needed health care.”

Link Health is conscious that typical community consultation techniques won’t work and will instead build their own relationships with the community. It is hoped these relationships will lead to a healthy and empowered Rohingya community through a model designed in partnership with local residents and organisations.

Danny Vadasz, CEO of Health Issues Centre, is “really excited to be funding a project that seeks to overcome the barriers limiting access to health services for the Rohingya refugee community. We believe this will not only improve the health and well-being of the Rohingya community, but will establish a model for how we provide culturally appropriate access to the health system.”

For more information

Please contact Health Issues Centre

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