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Boosting understanding, Enhancing communication, and Supporting change (BES Project): Alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment needs among Western Sydney’s CALD communities




Alison Jaworski, Belinda Green, Abeny Mayol, Rachel Rowe


The BES study aims:
1. To BOOST understanding of the specific needs and experiences of people from Arabic speaking, Pacific Islander and African backgrounds in the Western Sydney catchment area relating to AOD usage, harms and harm reduction behaviours
2. To ENHANCE communication through grounded research between CALD communities, AOD treatment providers and other relevant service providers within Western Sydney to improve understanding of related issues and needs.
3. To SUPPORT change that emphasises culturally responsive policy and practices for CALD communities within Western Sydney in the following areas:
i. Early Intervention and Prevention including harm reduction strategies
ii. Safety and Quality of AOD treatment and other health related services
iii. Workforce Development in the former sectors
iv. Client, family and community participation

This study was funded by WentWest Primary Health Network (PHN).

Publication Type

Executive Summary Report.
To access the full report, please contact (02) 8706 0150.

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