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McNally, Stephen; Sophie Dutertre
Access to HIV Prevention Information Among Selected Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities in Victoria
The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, Melbourne, February 2006

Monograph Series Number 58. Funded by the Victorian Department of Human Services. Reproduced with ARCSHS' kind permission.


"With increased flows of people coming to Australia or undertaking return journeys to high prevalence countries, the provision of culturally appropriate information about HIV prevention has been necessary. This research project identified available support structures and materials relating to HIV/AIDS prevention, which have been developed specifically or translated for Horn of Africa, Arabic-speaking, Vietnamese and Thai communities in Victoria. Our selection of communities for this research was based on the priorities set by the Victorian Department of Human Services for the Multicultural HIV/AIDS Support Service (MHSS), established in 2003. This 12-month Victorian based study reports on the availability of HIV prevention information for these communities, and specifically on how appropriate the information is to their cultural background and their needs. The study addresses issues such as what is the most appropriate language for young people and the challenges communities face when dealing with explicit material. Newly-formed communities often rely on informal channels of communication. Furthermore, their ability to absorb information is often compounded by a range of refugee and resettlement issues. The study outlines the channels of communication for HIV prevention considered the most appropriate for each of the communities, including communities with low literacy levels. Over 25 key informant interviews were held with representatives and service providers, in addition to 10 focus groups from a wide range of people within the selected communities."

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