Can Get Health

Can Get Health Project Officer
Barbara Hawkshaw- 1300 986 991  | b.hawkshaw@cesphn.com.au

The project

Can Get Health's aim is to reduce health inequity in the Canterbury area - specifically Campsie, Lakemba and Wiley Park - by increasing comprehensive primary health service access for culturally diverse populations. These groups are the most vulnerable to developing and/or experiencing preventable morbidity and premature mortality.

The project's work focuses on marginalised culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, including newly arrived and refugees.

Can Get Health in Canterbury (CGHiC) commenced in June 2013. The project is supported by a partnership between Sydney Local Health District, Central and Eastern Sydney PHN (CESPHN) and the University of New South Wales Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE). It is jointly funded by Sydney Local Health District and Central and Eastern Sydney PHN. The project is underpinned by values of equity and community engagement and works in collaboration with Canterbury communities and community organisations.

Priorities and objectives

Can Get Health's priorities are:

  • child, family and women's health
  • chronic disease management and prevention
  • mental health
  • building community capacity.

The three priority population groups are the Arabic-speaking, Bangla-speaking (Bengali) and Rohingya-speaking communities. We may also consider other activities and other language-specific groups in response to local community needs.

Can Get Health's objectives are to:

  • identify access to comprehensive primary health care services;
  • Increase individual and community health literacy;
  • identify and work with relevant stakeholders to address at least one social determinant of health.

The Can Get Health program intends to build sustainable, innovative approaches to prevention and early intervention by increasing accessibility of services and programs to emerging CALD communities.