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Representatives from Southern Cross Care (Vic) and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

Provider makes strides in preventing violence towards CALD workers

The violence prevention efforts of an Australian not-for-profit aged care provider have been bolstered by a grant from the Victorian Government.

Through the [email protected] project, Southern Cross Care (Vic) and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) aim to develop and implement a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) specific workplace model to prevent family violence and other forms of violence.

Women account for over 88 per cent of Southern Cross Care (Vic)’s workforce, of which more than 60 per cent are from a CALD background. The executive manager of workforce and culture at Southern Cross Care (Vic), Danielle Rose, said as an accredited White Ribbon Workplace, the organisation is committed to ending the cycle of violence against women. “We will be engaging our White Ribbon Ambassador to assist in the promotion and facilitation of the project within the organisation.”

The model will be co-designed with staff at Southern Cross Care (Vic)’s community services office in the north/west region and its aged care home in Springvale.

Rose said: “Through our partnership with MCWH, we want to provide opportunities for women from a non-English speaking background to take a leadership role in championing gender equality and violence prevention, and to be involved in the engagement and development of a shared action plan that is meaningful to them.”

Executive director of MCWH Adele Murdolo said workers from CALD backgrounds are a growing and increasingly dominant cohort within the Australian aged care workforce, and added, “as such, they are of critical importance to the sector’s viability in terms of addressing the need to care for Australia’s ageing population, which is expected to quadruple by 2050.”

Southern Cross Care (Vic) plans to adapt and implement the model across all its locations in the state. The project is expected to be completed in July next year.

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