New migrants put health first

Newcomers roll-up their sleeve for health checks.

More than 70 new migrants attended the Blacktown International Men’s Health Week event at the SydWest Multicultural Service in Blacktown recently to find out about accessing local health services.

They were particularly interested in sustaining positive male role models, gender equality and relationships.

WSLHD Multicultural Health team leader Mohamed Keynan said it was a time of celebration of their contributions to community, family, marriage and child growth.

“A majority of these men are recent refugees and came from refugee camps where health services are non-existent,” Mr Keynan said.

“Language barrier and lack of understanding on how to access our health system is prevalent with these individuals.

“Many took the opportunity to have their blood and sugar tests taken and for those with abnormal results were referred to their GP for further care.

“Drug and alcohol, crime prevention and domestic violence services and information was also shared with the group.

“Our Multicultural Health Program officers will regularly provide the participants up-to-date health information.”

For further information about WSLHD Multicultural Health Services call 9840 3877