Our Migrant And Refugee Women Are Dying From Preventable Disease: 5 Point Plan

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Media Alert

Embargoed until Tuesday 26th October 2010


Our migrant and refugee women are dying from preventable disease: 5 Point

plan launch 

Media Opportunity:

What: MCWH Executive Director Adele Murdolo and Justina Nelson Korpoi, refugee

from Sierra Leone and MCWH Leadership Graduate.

When: 11.30am, Tuesday 26th October 2010

Where: The Senate courtyard, Parliament House 


Migrant and Refugee women are at significant risk from preventable diseases in

Australia due to a lack of targeted and specialised health programs and policies,

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) said today.


Dr Adele Murdolo, Executive Director of MCWH said that lack of access, education and

research into the specific needs of migrant and refugee women are all factors which

are putting these women at risk.


“The blanket approach of Australia’s health system is letting our migrant and refugee

women down, as it simply does not reach those who need it most,” Dr Murdolo said.


“Migrant and refugee women are overrepresented in an array of preventable illnesses

such as diabetes and diabetes-related deaths, maternal deaths and perinatal and

neonatal deaths. 


“Mental health and domestic violence are also serious concerns for immigrant and

refugee women. 


“Our new 5 point plan maintains that the following areas need to be improved in the

Federal Government’s approach to migrant and refugee health:


PREVENTION

Expand the health education program to meet demand

nationwide. 


ACCESS Deliver outreach health programs in workplaces and communities in

order to reach the women that need it most. Increase national usage of

MCWH’s multilingual health information and resources.


EDUCATION Increase the use of bilingual/bicultural health educators who can

serve as a link between the health system and immigrant and refugee women.

Employing additional bilingual health educators in language areas of increased

demand and new and emerging languages.


RESEARCH

Conduct comprehensive research on a national level about

immigrant and refugee women’s health status to identify needs and to better

target policies and programs. A national needs-analysis will link existing

services and identify gaps. Gender and ethnic-specific data are lacking in the

evidence base.


FUNDING

Provide funding to coordinate services nationally to increase

information sharing, improve cost-effectiveness of programs and build the

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capacity to deliver a high quality of health promotion. Conduct a national audit

of existing multilingual health information.


Justina Korpoi Nelson, a refugee from Sierra Leone, said that for women from her own

community; ‘There are so many problems—health, housing, finding a job,

depression—it’s about knowing where to go for help and being exposed to the right

information before things get worse.’    


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact

MCWH spokesperson Dr Adele Murdolo: 0438 823 299 or Anaya Latter, Media:

0432 121 636







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