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History of Ishar 1992-2003

 

2002 – 2003

Challenge Your Arthritis

A six–week project conducted during August – September 2002. The program was developed by Arthritis Foundation of WA

Understanding Asthma and its Management

A 3-month project was funded by the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia.

Use of Medicines Project

A 2-month project funded by the National Prescribing Service (NPS) Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) Community Grant Scheme.

Lifting the Lid on Bowel Health

Healthy bowel project – A six week project developed by the Cancer Foundation of WA and conducted at Ishar from May – June 2003.

Perceptions of Peace

A calendar project aimed to bring together youth from refugee communities, to express their perception of world peace through drawing and painting, funded by Save the Children’s Fund and conducted at Ishar in 2003.

Negative Effects of Stereotyping on CaLD Carers

A videotaped discussion presented by Ishar and funded by the Office of Women’s Policy.

Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Program

A program promoted from Ishar to migrant and refugee communities to assist migrant and refugee communities in understanding the support available from JET and encouraging them to access the program.

The Story of AUSTRALIA

A project aiming to involve children and women from CaLD backgrounds to create a resource of benefit to the wider community by providing an insight into the folklore of CaLD communities and an understanding of how all are united in diversity. Funded by Save the Children Fund.

 

2001 – 2002

Young Women, Diversity and Leadership Project

The aim of the project was to increase the number of young women working in the health sector as volunteers with youth. Funded by the Department of Health,& International Year of Volunteers, ‘promoting spirit in the community’.

Asthma Awareness Project

This project was funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and was part of the Asthma Community Grants for 2001. The project involved education sessions for women from CaLD backgrounds who were parents of children with asthma and/or who had asthma themselves.

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

Ishar received funding to host a morning tea on 23rd May 2002 to raise awareness about bowel cancer.

Winning the Race Project

The aim of the project was ‘to recognise, challenge and work towards eliminating racism and to promote harmony in the community.’ Funded by Jesse Street Trust.

Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Program

Promoted from Ishar to migrant and refugee communities. The aim was to assist migrant and refugee communities in understanding the support available from JET and encouraging them to access the program.

 

2000 – 2001

Community Youth Safe Sex Project

Combining sexual health education with mural making sessions. The aim of the program was to reduce the incidence and personal and social impact of STI’s (sexually transmitted infections) in ‘at risk’ young women of CaLD backgrounds and included the creation of an inspiring mural. The project was funded by Communicable Diseases Unit, Sexual Health Program, Health Department WA.

Education Program on Depression and Post Natal Depression for Community Workers from Islamic Backgrounds

This project was funded by Healthway and developed in conjunction with Curtin University. Bilingual workers of Islamic background attended a fifteen-week intensive course on depression, post natal depression.

Music and Heritage Program

A project promoting harmony and including the production of a Multicultural CD. The program was funded by the Office of Multicultural Interests.

International Year of Volunteers

A project involving the training of young women from CaLD backgrounds to be volunteers in the health industry. A ‘Volunteers Kit’ was produced in conjunction with the Catherine McCauley Centre, Mirrabooka. The project was funded by Family and Community Services and Health Department of WA.

Introduction to Child Care

An eight–week course in partnership with Ethnic Child Care Resource Unit and Family and Children’s Services. This course was for Bilingual Workers and covered topics on health, safety and behaviour management of children from different cultures placed in Child Care.

JET Program

The program was funded by Commonwealth Family and Community Services and aimed at migrant and refugee communities who were given information about the benefits of participation.

 

1999 – 2000

Multicultural Tapestry

A project bringing together women from different cultural backgrounds and religious faiths in order to produce a spectacular piece of art honouring the uniqueness of Australians. A quilt and booklet were produced. This project was funded by the Office of Citizenship and Multicultural Interests.

Promoting Adolescent Sexual Health (PASH)

A nine week peer education program for adolescent women from CaLD backgrounds aged 13–17 years.
Funded by Healthways through Family Planning WA.

Community Youth Safe Sex Project

This project combined sexual health education with mural making sessions. The aim was to reduce the incidence and personal and social impact of STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in ‘at risk’ young women of CaLD backgrounds. An inspiring mural was created. A report on the project was presented at a Transcultural Mental Health Conference in Sydney in 2001. Funded by Communicable Diseases Control Branch of the Department of Health

Muslim Women’s Exercise Program

This innovative program was run by a Community Physiotherapist from the EPPHU and coordinated by Ishar. The program was in response to a need expressed by Muslim women and attendance grew over the months as women were referred because of health problems, social isolation and lack of physical activities.

Midlife Matters Program

A holistic view of women’s issues such as hormonal changes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, hormone therapy, sexuality and emotional health and well being.

Women with Disabilities Health Program

A ten-week program conducted at Rocky Bay Inc and Ishar covering basic anatomy and physiology, hormonal changes, cancer prevention and early detection, sexuality, pregnancy, childbirth and relationships. Women who attended the program were clients of Rocky Bay with varying degrees of disability.

 

1998 – 1999

The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Project

A project conducting culturally appropriate community education programs for women from Somali, Ethiopian, and Malaysian backgrounds looking at the medical, psychological, legal and emotional effects of FGM. A consultancy project was also sub-contracted to Ishar by Multicultural Access Unit for training of bilingual workers to undertake community education on FGM. This project was funded by Health Department of WA (Multicultural Access Unit).

Eating for Life

This program explored issues related to diet and exercise.

Midlife Matters Program

Looking at women’s issues such as osteoporosis, HRT, natural therapies, cardiovascular disease, and emotional health and well being.

Spreading the Word Cancer Education Training for Bilingual Community Educators

Bilingual Community Educators received training and worked within their own community spreading the word about cancer prevention. This project was sub-contracted to Ishar by Women’s Health Works, Joondalup.

My Body, My Health (Cervical Screening Project)

Again raising awareness of the importance of Cervical Cancer among CaLD women and specifically targeting older women.

Health and Leisure Youth Holiday Program

Involving young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds who in addition to enjoying camp activities were provided with talks on diet and nutrition, body image and self-esteem.

Lifetime Links Project

A project promoting and supporting inter–generational links between young and old through art. Seniors from Aboriginal backgrounds were able to pass their knowledge and experiences to school age children from CaLD backgrounds.

Unity of Faith

A project bringing together people from different religious backgrounds to promote a more harmonious society.

Multicultural Dolls Project

This project culminated in a Dolls exhibition at the Mirrabooka Library. Participants included Aboriginal, Malayasian, Egyptian and Jordanian women.

 

1997 – 1998

Female Genital Mutilation Project

This project was run collaboratively with the community and the Multicultural Access Unit. It contributed towards FGM being recognised as an important women’s health issue by mainstream health providers and practitioners in WA. Funded by Health Department of WA (Multicultural Access Unit)

Youth Holiday Program

Providing health and leisure activities to promote the general well being of young girls from CaLD backgrounds. Funded by Family and Children’s Services and Office of Youth Affairs.

Community Cultural Development Program (Kaleidoscope)

Discussing health issues and celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of different cultures using Ishar’s services. Funded by City of Wanneroo.

Cervical Screening Program

Funded by the Department of Health WA (Cancer Prevention Unit) and raised awareness of the importance of Cervical Cancer Screening in prevention of Cancer

Community Arts Program

Healthy Women and Arts Project – aimed at discussing health issues and celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of different cultures using Ishar’s services. Funded by Community Arts Network

Young Women’s Holiday Camp

A project providing health and leisure activities to develop a core team of young leaders to assist in conducting future programs. Funded by Lotteries Commission (Gordon Reid Foundation).

Community Relations

A project aimed at promoting a harmonious society.

Lifetime Links

Funded by Office of Seniors Interests this project was aimed at promoting and supporting intergenerational links.

 

1996-1997

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1995 – 1996

Cervical Screening Project

With special funding from the Health Department this project targeted women from CaLD backgrounds and aimed to increase Pap smear rates.

 ‘Body Language’

This column was published every two weeks in the Eastern Suburbs Reporter. Topics included grieving, parenting, domestic violence, healthy eating, communication and women’s screening.

 

1994-1995

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1993 – 1994

Language of Childbirth Classes

Ishar provided two Language of Childbirth classes for women from CaLD backgrounds teaching the particular language skills needed for a happy and successful stay in hospital before and after the birth of their children.

Sun Fun

Ishar ran a school holiday fun program for teenagers during the summer school holidays. Each day of the program started with a short health information session, followed by an excursion.

Social Advantage Grant & Community Based Literacy Program

English classes were provided for women from CaLD backgrounds, many of whom experienced extreme isolation due to a lack of proficiency in the English language.

Health Ways Migrant Survival Kit & Outreach Project

This project was funded by Health Ways and through it 600 kits were produced. Health outreach workshops were conducted with topics designed in response to the stated needs of participants.

‘Body Language’

A news column was published every two weeks in the Eastern Suburbs Reporter. Topics covered included Pap smears, menopause, osteoporosis, pelvic health and healthy eating.

 

1992 – 1993

A Better Life For Our Children

A project was to produce a booklet that told stories by women from CaLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) backgrounds on bringing up children while adjusting to a new world, in which the rules and customs are not always made clear.


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