enliven’s work reflects and responds to the diversity of our catchment. Our work builds capability of member agencies to connect effectively with ethnically diverse communities. This is achieved through supporting regional co-design and community strengthening projects and creating workforce capacity through building skills at a management level and on the ground with our diverse bicultural workforce.

On Wednesday 23 May 2018, bicultural workers and volunteers across south eastern Melbourne came together for a bicultural worker forum – the first of its kind for the region. Hosted by enliven, Department of Health and Human Services, Monash Health, Red Cross and South East Community Links; the event was attended by over 52 community members from a range of cultural backgrounds and experiences.

Through interactive workshops, participants came up with a plethora of recommendations and quality improvement suggestions they felt would assist organisations to more effectively recruit, work with and retain bicultural workers.

These were delivered to managers and organisations in a second forum on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

A tool kit for working with and as bicultural workers  is currently being developed which will include links to other useful resources.

enliven staff also participate in various working groups and committees to address the social determinants of local health inequalities impacting CALD communities.