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Findings from a recent youth forum organised by Advance Diversity Services (ADS) will help shape health service provision in south-eastern Sydney to better meet the needs of newly arrived young people and youth from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds across the region.

More than 50 young people from local high schools, including Intensive English Centres (IECs), were consulted about their health and wellbeing during the June 7 forum at Rockdale Town Hall as part of the Get Active project funded by Multicultural Health, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

Forum participants, drawn from local schools such as Beverly Hills Girls High school and Kogarah Intensive Language Centre, provided insights which identified gaps in health service provision in the region. They also pinpointed the barriers they faced when attempting to access services, participate in sport, and get involved in other health-related and social activities.

Staff of St George Youth Services and headspace facilitated the forum discussion.

‘Bullying, stress, depression, peer pressure, intergenerational conflict and social isolation were some of the issues identified by forum participants as having a negative impact on their health and wellbeing,’ said ADS Executive Officer Antoinette Chow.

She also said these and other findings from the forum will be disseminated to relevant health service providers to help them to improve their outcomes and services, which will make a positive difference to the lives of young people in the region.

This was the first CALD youth health forum organised by ADS. It builds on ADS’s active partnership with local schools and IECs, and on its previous engagement with students.

The Get Active Project aims to improve outcomes relating to health, wellbeing and social connectivity via participation in sports activities and information sessions targeting both newly arrived young people and young people from CALD backgrounds.

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Advance Diversity Services (ADS) is undertaking a survey to find out if there are community programs, activities or services that members of the St George community would like to participate in or need, but aren’t available for them.

We need your help with completing this survey. We would like to know the programs, activities and services that you want and need, so we can try to provide the programs to make living in the St George area more enjoyable for you and your families.

As appreciation for assisting us, you will have the chance to win one of five $50 Myer gift vouchers, by completing and returning this survey to us by 10th April.

Click here to go to the survey.

You can return the survey by email to glenh@advancediversity.org.au or by post to Advance Diversity Services PO Box 381, Rockdale NSW 2216 or in person to our centre at 552 Princes Hwy, Rockdale.

Thank you for your help.

Migrant Information Day is an annual event that celebrates the cultural diversity of the St George area and provides important information about government and non-government services to newly arrived migrants in the region.

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After 30 excellent years of serving CALD frail older people in the St George region, we are happy to introduce our 4th bus which arrived today. We provide both centre based programs and outings and ensure that our program meets cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs or our clients.  Currently, we service approximately 400 CALD client per week – Arabic, Muslim Women’s Group, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Maltese, Spanish, German and Egyptian.

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new system for delivering support to people with disability aged birth to 64 years old.

The scheme has been in trial for the past few years and will be fully implemented in the Sydney Inner West and South East areas in July 2017.

In this introductory workshop you will:

– Learn the basic about the NDIS;

– Understand the eligibility entry;

– Learn how the NDIS works.

Childcare not available on this occasion.

Please do not bring your child/children.

Please note that this workshop is offered several times during 2017.

Dates for 2017:

Saturday 4th February: Session facilitated in ENGLISH

Saturday 11th February: Session facilitated in MANDARIN

Tuesday 7th March: Session facilitated in ENGLISH

Tuesday 4th April: Session facilitated in ENGLISH

Saturday 6th May: Session facilitated in ARABIC

To register: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ndis-the-basics-an-introductory-session-registration-30284275082

To keep our service consumers, staff and the public safe during the coronavirus pandemic, we are restricting public access to our offices.

We are continuing to provide services but by appointment only or over the phone (9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday). Please know that the ADS team is here to help.

Call us on (02) 9597 5455 or email us info@advancediversity.org.au and we’ll direct you to the right person.

Stay safe and keep healthy!