Link Health and Community

Improving access to health services for the Rohingya refugee community

About the project

Link Health and Community sought to engage in collaborative community design with and for members of the Rohingya community in South Eastern Melbourne. The mostly male community is made up of refugees and asylum seekers who do not have a written language, which requires information to be presented orally or visually.

Link Health formed positive relationships with Rohingya community leaders to develop a flexible co-design model to build health literacy in their community gradually, with topics responsive to community needs. The adaptable format of the model allows it to be transposed to other regions to accommodate community members required to move due to their visa status.

This participatory action research approach enables continual learning and improvement as relationships with the community are developed over time. It is anticipated that the relationships fostered during implementation of this project 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 believes this project will not only improve the health and well-being of the Rohingya community, but that it establishes a model for how we provide culturally appropriate access to the health system.

 “We are thrilled to be supported by Health Issues Centre and look forward to improving health literacy and access to much needed health care”

– Philip Moran, CEO, Link Health and Community

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