NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner awarded ACU’s Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR) for their contribution to a blood donation awareness campaign this week.
The award for Blood from everyone for everyone: Information for the African community about blood donation in Australia, was part of the Multicultural Health Week celebrations in NSW.
The booklet, which is available in Arabic, English, Kirundi and Swahili is being disseminated to the African community in conjunction with a number of other resources, including a website and short film.
CHaSR developed the resources as part of an ARC collaborative project with Deakin University, Western Sydney University and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service with the aim of increasing blood donation knowledge and behaviour amongst African migrants and refugees.
Skinner said the NSW Government respects the right of every citizen to access healthcare services and information in their language or in a way they understand.
“Patients, clinicians, health care workers, health service organisations - each has an important role to play in contributing to safe and high quality care for all members of our diverse society,” she said.
CHaSR Director Professor Sandra Jones said the project was an example of how ACU reaches out to Australia’s diverse community.
“We are very pleased to receive this Award which not only acknowledges the high quality of ACU research but also the value of partnerships between universities and NGOs in creating healthier and more inclusive communities.”
CHaSR Program Manager Joanne Telenta noted the importance of engagement with communities in developing materials that not only win awards but also save lives.
“We are very grateful to the members of the African community who participated in our research to ensure the materials that we developed were informative and relevant to the community.”