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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.
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
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 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.
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.