Can Get Health

Can Get Health

Project Officer: Barbara Hawkshaw

Phone: 9799 0933

The project

The project's overall goal is to reduce inequity in health in Canterbury (specifically Campsie, Lakemba and Wiley Park) by increasing access to preventative health services for culturally diverse populations. These groups are the most vulnerable to developing and/or experiencing preventable morbidity and premature mortality. Within these suburbs, our work is focussing on children aged 0 – 4 years, and to members of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups, including new and emerging groups.

The project has identified as its goal, the reduction in prevalence of four priority health conditions. These are: Child and Maternal Health, Chronic Disease Management and Prevention, Mental Health and Capacity Building: Workforce and Community. The project also aims to reduce the prevalence of the behavioural risk factors linked with these conditions, including smoking, nutrition, alcohol use and levels of physical activity.

The objectives of the project are to identify community barriers to using health services; to improve the knowledge of consumers to use and benefit from health services and programs; and to build sustainable and innovative approaches to prevention and early intervention by reducing gaps in the provision of services. The project also investigates ways health care service providers can provide services that are culturally acceptable and effective.



Recent events 

  • 'Just Reach Out' domestic and family violence awareness video launch for the Bangladeshi community
  • Healthy Eating and Physical Activity classes in Arabic

The partnership

Can Get Health in Canterbury is supported by:

  • The SLHD that is committed to creating a local health system that provides equitable access to health care services and to quality care for the population.
  • Central and Eastern Sydney PHN that has an objective to improve the patient journey and improve access and efficiency of health services, with better communication and coordination between all health service providers in the region.
  • University of New South Wales Australia's Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity provides academic support and advice to the development, implementation and evaluation.