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Community and social outreach

As a Catholic not-for-profit organisation, we endeavour to respond to those in our community who are disadvantaged through St John of God Health Care Social Outreach.

Caregivers at reception

We also support the community through the following projects:

Origins Program - supporting the mental health of culturally and linguistically diverse people

In June 2007, we established a partnership with the Eastern Region Mental Health Association (ERMHA) to target the needs of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community in Greater Dandenong.

More than 50 per cent of the residents of Greater Dandenong were born overseas, with 90 per cent coming from a non-English speaking background. Many of the participants in Origins come from a refugee or asylum seeker background.

We continue to develop this program to expand its influence and our vision is to:

  • increase capacity to cater to more specific cultural needs
  • improve access for a greater range of clients and families
  • broaden attendance from other cultural groups, particularly the newest arrivals to Australia from areas of conflict
  • build links with the diverse ethnic and religious communities to promote the project and improve service relevance and responsiveness to identified local need within the communities
  • develop and articulate successful strategies in engaging with local CALD communities
  • further develop and articulate the specific model of service.

In August 2014, the program was recognised by Catholic Health Australia when it won the Outreach Healthcare Award for the development and delivery of innovative services devoted to improving the health status of the vulnerable and marginalised.

Food Cupboard

We support Anglicare’s Empty Food Cupboard initiative by providing non-perishable food to those in need.

Playgroup 

The hospital continues to contribute to the running of a local child care group. This group of culturally diverse participants offers support to mothers in the local community.