SBS News Story: Happy Health Beginnings


Happy Health Beginnings 

VICSEG has played an important role, along with other agencies, in the delivery of Healthy Happy Beginnings - a pregnancy information and support program for refugee and asylum seeker families.  The program targets the Karen Burmese community in the City of Wyndham. 

With a boost in funding from the state government, Healthy Happy Beginnings will be expanded over the next four years to include other refugee communities in other areas across the northern, western and southern suburbs of Melbourne.   Under the program, women are offered individual antenatal appointments with a midwife and an interpreter, along with group information sessions run by a midwife, a VICSEG bi-cultural worker and a maternal and child health nurse. Information provided is responsive to the women who participate, culturally appropriate and in the women’s own language. It also provides linkages and referral to local services. 

The program aims to increase understanding of the local health system, to enable women’s active involvement in their health, and to ensure that they know when, where and how to seek help.  It is the first program of its kind in Australia and is cost-free for families to attend See link below to recent SBS story featuring VICSEG bicultural worker Waan Tardiff.

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