CALD Carers Project is funded by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network and Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network to support carers from migrant or refugee backgrounds in North Western Melbourne and in the City of Monash.
The project raises awareness about the health impacts of being a carer through multilingual outreach community education, and support carers to maintain their health and wellbeing while they manage their multiple roles. The project also offers free cross-cultural training to equip professionals with tools to improve their support of carers from immigrant and refugee backgrounds, as well as to better identify carers and to link them to services.
The word ‘carer’ can be confusing for many people from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. For example, the word does not exist in some languages, and for many health systems, there is no caring industry. Many carers therefore do not use this word to describe themselves, and might not realise that there is support for them.
The CALD Carers Project therefore raises awareness about who a carer is in Australia; the health impacts of being a carer; and links carers with support services.
For more information on the project please contact Health Promotion Project Officer Mi Nguyen at Mi@mcwh.com.au or +613 9418 0999.
Being a carer in Australia: Help and support for immigrant and refugee carers in Australia. Brochures available for download:
Caring for myself. Brochures available for download:
Where to support services in the City of Monash. Handouts available for download:
For other resources in DOC format, please contact Mi Nguyen at Mi@mcwh.com.au or call +613 9418 0999.