Participation Opportunity: Immigrant Women's Health Service

The University of Western Sydney's Interpreting and Translation Research Group, in collaboration with the Immigrant Women's Health Service (opens in a new window), is conducting an education/research project aimed at women from language groups which have been identified as emerging within Sydney's south west. This project is funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office for Women's Policy, Domestic and Family Violence Grants Program. The language groups which have been identified as new and growing groups within their target language areas are:

  • Assyrian/Chaldean

  • Burmese

  • Dinka

  • Karen

  • Pashto

  • Somali

  • Tetum

  • Urdu

  • Bengali

  • Dari

  • Hmong

  • Nepali

  • Punjabi

  • Swahili

  • Timorese

Arabic and Spanish are also being included in some of the project's activities due to their significance in Sydney's south west, and the incidence of domestic violence within these communities.

The principal objectives of the project are to:

  • Identify the barriers that women from the above language groups may face in accessing support services to deal with domestic and family violence in their communities (Focus Group - 24 February, 10 am to 12 pm)
  • Build capacity to deal with these issues by delivering a course on domestic and family violence issues and context (April)
  • Increase the level of language services available to the language groups by delivering an interpreting course to some of the women who participate in the first stage of training. Participation in this free course will include application to apply for NAATI Recognition or Accreditation, depending on the language (May-June)

If you are a woman from any of the above language groups, we invite you to participate in this project by responding to s.martinez@uws.edu.au. If not, we seek your assistance in distributing the message to women within our target group, inviting them to contact us.

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