Can Get Health in Canterbury Project Planning Workshop

The Can Get Health in Canterbury Project Planning Workshop took place on Friday 24 February 2017 at Ashfield. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for key stakeholders to collaborate and discuss the direction and strategies of the project for the coming two years.

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The workshop commenced with Liz Harris, Senior Advisor at the Health Equity Research and Development Unit, delivering a presentation about the background and recent review of the project to 43 attendees. It was encouraging to see so many diverse stakeholders attend, which included consumers, allied health professionals, community service providers working in child and family health, chronic disease prevention and management, mental health, refugee health, multicultural health, local health district staff, staff working in the education sector, as well as members from the Can Get Health in Canterbury Project Management and Advisory Committees.

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To ensure the project’s activities address the health needs and priorities of communities in Canterbury, participants were given the opportunity to choose two out of four health priorities, (child and maternal health; chronic disease prevention and management; emerging needs/refugee health and mental health), and were asked to identify priority population groups and activities to address their health needs.

  • Two priority population groups were identified: Arabic speaking and Rohingya communities. New parents within newly arrived groups, and Bangladeshi and Chinese communities were also identified as a target groups.
  • Bilingual Community Educators; schools; community organisations and primary health care providers were identified as being the key stakeholders to facilitate community engagement in Canterbury
  • A variety of open ended soft entry point approaches were identified as being effective strategies to engage communities to link in with appropriate services. Examples of some approaches included English classes, community education events, community education programs, including parenting programs, delivered by bilingual workers.

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A detailed report on the workshop’s key findings will be available shortly, which will help ensure that the Can Get Health in Canterbury Project’s activity plan addresses the priority health needs of communities in Canterbury.

If you would like more information about the Can Get Health in Canterbury Project, please contact Laura Vincent, Can Get Health in Canterbury Program Officer: or 8752 4966.