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Multicultural Organisations  

Local Multicultural Organisations

Eastern Sydney Multicultural Access Project (ESMAP)

ESMAP provides community health, transport, food aid and bilingual caseworker services to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Local government areas covered are: Botany, Randwick, Sydney, South Sydney, Waverley and Woollahra.

Gymea Community Aid and Information Service

Gymea Community Aid and Information Service is a drop-in centre, referral agency and information service. Programs for the frail aged and people with disabilities and their carers, migrant settlement, cultural activities, English language classes, home care services, multicultural support groups. Main languages are Italian, Greek, Arabic and Chinese.

South East Neighbourhood Centre

The South East Neighbourhood Centre provides a range of services for people in the Botany, Randwick and Sydney Communities. Staff members at SENC speak a range of community languages and services include: child care; advocacy and advice; casework and counselling; classes and support groups; families and children programs; information and referrals; multicultural support; social support; respite care; and transport.

St George Migrant Resource Centre

St George Migrant Resource Centre is a community based, not for profit organisation based in Rockdale.  The Centre provides a range of services to communities and families residing in the St George and Sutherland Shire, with a focus on recently arrived migrants, refugees, youth, families, older people, people with disabilities and their carers.  Services include settlement assistance, information and referral, multicultural day care for older people, community aged care (help at home), carers support group, disability support services, domestic violence support and education program, women and men support groups, social outings and multilingual information hotline.

Sydney Multicultural Community Services

Sydney Multicultural Community Services is a non profit community service that supports people from non English speaking backgrounds. The Service provides eligible clients with casework, financial assistance, in home/hostel level aged care, frail aged day care, group facilities and activities, information, referrals and support. 

Multicultural Health Organisations

Diversity Health Clearinghouse

The Diversity Health Clearinghouse is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health to be a central access point for Australian multicultural health, including services, resources, research and projects, training and events.  The Clearinghouse is located within the Western Sydney Local Health District.

Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS)

MHCS is funded by the NSW Ministry of Health to provide information and services to help health professionals communicate with non English speaking communities throughout NSW. MHCS is located within the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

Multicultural HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis C Service (MHAHS)

MHAHS is a state wide service based in the Sydney Local Health District that implements a range of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C initiatives with CALD communities.

NSW Ministry of Health: Multicultural Health

The NSW Health website includes information about Multicultural Health across the state. 

Queensland Multicultural Health Services

Queensland Health have a wide range of multicultural health resources available on their Multicultural Health website. 

Aged Care and Disability Organisations

Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

The Centre for Cultural Diversity is a Victorian based organisation that primarily supports the aged care sector to address the needs of elderly people from CALD backgrounds.  They provide training, consultancy and resources to the aged care sector, and also support CALD communities to better understand the aged care services available in Australia

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW

The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA) is the peak organisation for people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) with disability, their families and carers in NSW.   MDAA provides an advocacy service, and also produces information in multiple languages.

Partners in Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care (PICAC NSW)

Partners in Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Care (PICAC NSW) funded by the Department of Health and Ageing is a service of the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra and is an initiative under the Ethnic Aged Care Framework.  The primary aim of PICAC NSW is to increase accessibility and cultural appropriateness of services provided to older persons in NSW from CALD communities. PICAC provides culturally inclusive aged care training and a range of resources, information and education opportunities.

Asylum Seeker and Refugee Organisations

Asylum Seekers Centre 

The Asylum Seekers Centre is an independent, non-for-profit, non-government organisation providing support for community-based asylum seekers residing in greater metropolitan Sydney, and where feasible, to regional and rural areas of NSW.  The Centre provides direct client services with case management, health care and classes and recreation, and also conducts community education and advocacy work.

NSW Refugee Health Service

The NSW Refugee Health Service aims to protect and promote the health of refugees and people of refugee-like backgrounds living in NSW.  The service provides: consultation and support to health care workers and others working with refugees and asylum seekers; education and training for heath care workers; targeted health promotion programs; clinical assessments and referrals, particularly for recent arrivals; facilitates and conducts research in refugee health; and advocates for health policies and appropriate services for refugees.

Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) NSW

STARTTS helps refugee recover from their experiences and build a new life in Australia.  Their services include counselling, group therapy, group activities and outings, camps for children and young people, English classes and physiotherapy.

Mental Health and / or Drug and Alcohol Related Organisations

Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC)

DAMEC is a state wide, non-profit, non-government organisation funded by NSW Health.  Their primary focus is to bridge the service gap by assisting and supporting Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (AT&OD) service providers to make a difference to the way they access and service clients from CALD communities.

Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (MHiMA)

The MHiMA project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing to provide a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on mental health and suicide prevention for people from CALD backgrounds.

Multicultural Problem Gambling Service for NSW (MPGS)

MPGS is a state wide service that assists problem gamblers from CALD communities living in NSW and their families with counselling, treatment and support services. MPGS is a joint initiative of the Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW and the Western Sydney Local Health District, with financial assistance from the NSW Government through the Responsible Gambling Fund.

Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC)

TMHC is a state wide service for NSW that promotes access to mental health services for people from CALD backgrounds.  TMHC is funded by NSW Health and provides mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention, publication and resource development and education and training.  TMHC also provides a clinical consultation and assessment service utilising a pool of 125 bilingual mental health clinicians speaking over 50 community languages.

Women’s Organisations

NSW Education Program on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

The NSW Education Program on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a NSW Health funded state wide service hosted by the Western Sydney Local Health District. The aim of the program is to prevent the practice of FGM in NSW and to minimise the health and psychological impact of the practice for women, girls and their families affected by, or at risk of, FGM.

Immigrant Women’s Health Service 

The Immigrant Women’s Health Service is located in Sydney and conducts health information workshops on topics including preventative health care, body awareness, nutrition, stress management, HIV/AIDS, depression, contraception, and domestic violence.  They also provide women’s health clinics at Cabramatta and Fairfield.

Immigrant Women's Speakout Association

Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association is the peak advocacy, information, referral and research body managed by women of non-English speaking background. The Association undertakes community development projects and provides direct services in the areas of casework and community development around domestic violence, employment, education and training.

Women’s Health at Work

The Women's Health at Work Program is a state wide service hosted by the Western Sydney Local Health District. The program works in partnership with the women, their employers and other key stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in the workplace.

General Multicultural Organisations

Adult Migrant English Service 

NSW AMES is an agency of the NSW Government, and is part of the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET).  NSW AMES provides leadership in the field of quality language and literacy education and runs English language classes in classroom, workplaces, online and via distance education.

Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (ECC)

The ECC is the peak body for all CALD communities in NSW.  They participate in advocacy, education and community development activities.

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA)

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from CALD backgrounds.  They are a non-political community based organisation that advocates to government, business and the broader community about issues affecting Australians from CALD backgrounds.

Multicultural NSW

Multicultural NSW is a NSW Government agency with responsibility for promoting community harmony, participation and access to services in order that the contribution of cultural diversity to NSW is celebrated and recognised as an important social and economic resource. 

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)

NAATI is the national standards and accreditation body for translators and interpreters in Australia. NAATI sets and maintains standards for interpreters and translators, and also conducts ongoing education and training.

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)
TIS National is part of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and provides an interpreting service for people who do not speak English and for the English speakers who need to communicate with them.