Multicultural Health Service

We work towards equitable health outcomes for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds by both building the capacity of the health service to deliver culturally competent health services, and by working with the community to achieve better health.

The Multicultural Health Service (MHS) is a district-wide unit of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).

Building the capacity of health services

We work in partnership to:

  • provide training for health professionals including cultural competency and programs tailored to specific clinical areas
  • develop face-to-face training and e-learning modules
  • facilitate and promote access to interpreter services and translated information
  • coordinate the SESLHD Refugee Health Program
  • provide the MHS Grants Program. Applications are now open for 2019-2020 and more information is available here.
  • develop and support models of care to meet the needs of vulnerable culturally diverse communities
  • provide data to health services and programs: monitor and report on service and program delivery to culturally diverse communities
  • conduct research around key health issues for culturally diverse communities
  • support our culturally diverse workforce

Building the capacity of communities

We work in partnership to:

  • deliver and support health promotion programs
  • deliver and support community education programs
    • access to health services for new arrivals
    • up skill community workers around key health issues
    • support community groups to access community education providers
    • support health services and program to deliver community education

The MHS works in partnership with hospital-based Diversity Health Coordinators, health care interpreter services, and designated bilingual health professionals across the SESLHD.

Community Programs
Health Information for Patients, Carers and Community Members
Interpreter Services
Multicultural Health Grants Program
Research & Projects
Publications and Reports
Research to Practice Forums