Videos shine light on health concerns

Family Planning NSW Senior Health Promotion Officer Stephanie Ross said the reality for the multicultural community accessing reproductive and sexual health care is this: “Clients are telling us they simply don’t know where to get this healthcare”.

It’s why Family Planning NSW launched eight short videos telling the true stories of clients talking  about the real issues and stigmas that can exist within culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Clients from Fairfield, Bonnyrigg Heights, Bossley Park and Canley Vale were interviewed for the project which was launched at Fairfield Community Hall on Thursday.

“These videos aim to to create positive attitudes towards talking about reproductive and sexual health so men and women from these communities can access the very best care without fear or worry,” Ms Ross said.

 “Family Planning NSW provides confidential healthcare to people from all cultural backgrounds and we hope the videos will increase understanding in these multicultural communities around key reproductive and sexual health issues, service awareness and access.”

The videos have been developed in Arabic, Mandarin, and Vietnamese and focus on issues like contraception, cervical screening and testing for sexually transmissible infections.

One video features the story of Priscilla, a Maori woman who has been using Family Planning NSW services for 35 years, telling her daughter about the relationship between access to information and better health decisions.