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Connecting Diversity

The Connecting Diversity project, funded by VicHealth, will focus on strengthening primary prevention around alcohol and its related harms within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

About Connecting Diversity

Starting in 2017, the two-year project is being rolled out across the Chin and Indian communities in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

The project aims to build an understanding of the perceptions of alcohol in CALD communities and develop supportive environments to ensure a healthy future for people living in Victoria. This will be achieved by working with leaders from CALD communities and the approach facilitates community-led primary prevention resulting in stronger and healthier CALD communities. Findings from the research will help develop community-led initiatives and activities that improve the knowledge and understanding of alcohol and its related harms through positive health messages

How the program works

The ADF (Alcohol and Drug Foundation) will work together with Chin and Indian groups to develop initiatives and activities that aim to improve the community’s knowledge and understanding of alcohol and its related harms.

  • The Chin people are a major ethnic group who have migrated to Australia from Myanmar, also known as Burma. The Chin community in Australia has quadrupled in size between 2011 and 2016.1
  • The Indian community in Australia has grown to nearly half-a-million. Victoria is home to the largest population of Indians with around 170,000 community members living in the state. 2

The ADF will partner with IndianCare Inc., and Chin community leadership groups to support in the delivery of engagement workshops and the implementation of all activities to educate and build the capacity of local communities.

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We are committed to primary prevention

We know alcohol has significant health impacts but limited work has been done in Australia’s CALD communities to understand their perceptions of alcohol, and the potential harm that it may cause.

The ADF is proud to lead the work in CALD communities. Together, we can improve the knowledge and understanding of alcohol within these social groups to prevent harm by focusing on the risk and protective factors that influence alcohol-related harms for individuals and communities.

Risk factors include unemployment, having a high sense of disconnection from other people, refugee experiences of trauma, poor mental health pre and post migration stressors, family conflict, social stigma within CALD communities, language, socio-economic disadvantage and low health literacy.

Protective factors include strong, well connected communities, access to services, religion, family, quality education, supportive peers, access to recreational activities, clear pathways from education to work and employment opportunities.

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References
  1. Gothe-Snape J, Payne S 2017 Who are the Chins and why are they in Australia
  2. Acharya, Mosiqi 2017 Census shows Indian population and languages have exponentially grown in Australia