The visit was inspired by MAX’s partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and their shared goal of providing holistic support to migrant and refugee women in Melbourne.
The SEE program is designed to support Australians – including people who have migrated to Australia – to improve their reading, writing or numeracy skills and ultimately to support individuals to achieve their goals.
To do this most effectively, the SEE program is designed to be flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each cohort.
For the team in Hampton Park, this meant recognising the challenges faced by many of the migrant students and customising the learning opportunities accordingly.
“A basic level of health and wellbeing is fundamentally important for anyone to feel secure and confident in their lives. Adult learning for someone from any background is affected by how their needs are supported and having the security to continue their education,” shares MAX SEE Business Manager, Ruth Tilley.
“While improving English literacy skills is a huge part of SEE, we recognised the best first step for these students would be providing valuable health information in their native language,” says Ruth.
The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) deliver vital health information in both English and two Persian dialects, Dari and Hazaragi, for a community of students that includes people from many backgrounds including Afghanistan, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
“We are privileged and thankful to have the MCWH team educate our students and in doing so empower them to make healthy choices and grow their confidence,” says Ruth.
MCWH educators cover topics such as sexual and reproductive health, mental health, prevention of chronic disease, healthy relationships and gender equality. The learning material is designed to give students the tools and confidence they need to embrace steps towards independence, employment and future learning pathways.
“The learning doesn’t just benefit our students, in turn they are equipped to support and educate their friends, family and members of their community,” shares Ruth.
MCWH is a voice for migrant and refugee women’s wellbeing in Australia and their Health Educators have been delivering health sessions for our SEE students since 2019.
Our SEE teams across Australia are partnering with vital community organisations like MCWH to deliver relevant educational opportunities to students along with the opportunity to build local support networks.
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*The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations.