Responding to the needs of migrant and refugee populations

Reproductive and sexual health services need to be culturally responsive. The Culturally Responsive Reproductive and Sexual Health Project builds capacity of health professionals and strengthens health institutions. It seeks to increase health literacy and service accessibility, to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes for migrant and refugee populations.

We recognise that migrant and refugee background populations have diverse health needs that require tailored and culturally appropriate responses. Some health needs may be general such as sexual health literacy, prevention of sexually transmitted infections, or access to contraceptive choices. Other reproductive or sexual health needs may relate to specific experiences such as of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), forced marriage, torture and trauma, or sexual violence within migration pathways.

We work with all people of migrant backgrounds, whether they have lived in Australia short or long term. Our work is relevant to short term visitors such as students, tourists and people who may be travelling for business. People may have chosen to migrate to Australia, or may have experienced forced migration.  They may identify as refugees, or be born in Australia but identify as diaspora.

For further information or referrals, please contact our staff at culturallyresponsive@true.org.au or phone 07 3250 0240.