Be HEP Aware in Melbourne’s South East will identify culturally appropriate ways to raise awareness of hepatitis B among high risk communities including refugees and migrants in South East Melbourne.
The established working group takes a collaborative approach to raising awareness of hepatitis B, to support the World Hepatitis Day events, and work towards sustainable improved responses to viral hepatitis in the region.
Members of the working group include: Monash Health, South East Melbourne’s Primary Health Network (SEMPHN), enliven refugee health, Women's Health in the South East (WHISE), Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre (SMRC) and Link Health and Community.
'Raising Profile Among Recent Arrivees', is a community education project working with recently arrived communities that are at risk of viral hepatitis B.
This project focuses on Afghani recently arrivals in Victoria as one of the high-risk groups for hepatitis B. In Victoria, most of Afghans are living in South East Melbourne, particularly the City of Dandenong and City of Casey.
We are working with a range of organisations across Victoria, particularly in the south-east region in order to establish collaborative relations by raising the awareness of Afghan community about viral hepatitis, and work towards sustainable improved responses to hepatitis.
Our partner project organisations are Catholic Care, Afghan Australian Development Organisation (AADO) and Victorian Afghan Associations Network (VAAN).
Other partner organisations and community leaders we’re working with include, enliven, Women's Health in the South East (WHISE), Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) Dandenong, Afghan Women's Organisation of Victoria (AWO), and Local Governments.’
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