Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services
Ishar provides inclusive, holistic and culturally sensitive services for refugee and migrant women. They strive to create opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) women to experience all aspects of capacity building. Ishar operates using the ‘social model’ of health in which the presenting ‘medical’ condition is not separated from the interconnections of personal, social, economic, cultural, age and gender-related issues. Ishar provides services to women across all age ranges from young girls to seniors, through programmes addressing their age-appropriate needs. Their services include:
- Family & Domestic Violence Support Programme (FDV) for women at risk of, or with lived experience of FDV. Ishar’s multi-pronged, strength-based FDV Programme was developed to address the disastrously high level of FDV prevalent within the multicultural community. By using the innate strengths of women, their self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief are rebuilt and enhanced. Ishar provides counselling, group therapy, individual advocacy, and information on the services and supports available
- Health and wellbeing services including access to doctors, nurse, midwife, psychologists, dietitian, and social workers
- Neighbourhood Mothers (NM) is for women who have lived in Australian for under ten years with children aged under 12 years. NM is specifically for newly arrived mothers to address the cultural gap and difficulties parents face while parenting their children in the Australian context
- Carers Programme provides respite and individual advocacy for the carers of individuals with mental health issues and people with disabilities; and
- The 40+ Lifestyle Programme focuses on reducing the effects of social isolation and provide respite for carers. Women from refugee backgrounds face extreme social isolation and age much more quickly than mainstream populations due to lack of language, finances, FDV, and social connections.