Dealing With It Myself

Multilingual education and support for CALD working carers


What is ‘Dealing with it myself’?

‘Dealing with it myself’ is a unique project supporting female carers from five designated Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. The project will record and share carers’ stories, identify service needs, develop and broadly disseminate culturally-tailored resource kits, deliver community education sessions with trained Bilingual Health Educators, and help establish ongoing Working Carer Support networks so women are empowered to support themselves and each other in improving their health knowledge and wellbeing.

Why is it important to support working carers?

Negotiating the multiple responsibilities of informal caring and paid employment can be an isolating, challenging and confronting experience for women. Carers’ time and energy can often be focussed on the health of the person being cared for, leaving little time to seek support for themselves. Carers from CALD communities face additional barriers in accessing existing services, as there are currently no resources specifically tailored to the needs of CALD working carers. ‘Dealing with it myself’ is a timely new initiative to support female carers from migrant or refugee backgrounds, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. By working directly with women who are managing informal caring and paid employment responsibilities, the project will raise awareness about the health impacts of being a working carer, and will support working carers in managing their multiple roles and maintaining their health and wellbeing.

Contacts

For more information on the project please contact Health Promotion and Research Project Officer Rosi Aryal on rosi@mcwh.com.au or +613 9418 0999.