Double trouble: the health needs of culturally diverse MSM

Published: October 28, 2010

About the project

The Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) convened a working group to organise a consultative forum on the topic of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men who have sex with men (MSM).

Concern has often been expressed in the HIV/AIDS service sector around the experience and health needs of men in this group, in part because there is not a lot of research on the topic.

MHSS decided to hold a consultative forum to assemble all the different pieces of knowledge held by people working in different services. As the available knowledge is fragmentary and incomplete, we developed a framework to evaluate the results and identify gaps.

Download the report (PDF, 780KB)

A key recommendation is that MHSS develop training opportunities for health and social support workers/agencies, to help them understand and respond more effectively to the particular health needs of culturally diverse MSM living in Victoria.

The CALD MSM working group is currently meeting to undertake a training needs analysis and develop a communication strategy to disseminate the findings of the report.

If you would like to register your interest in taking part in training, please contact Daniel Reeders, Senior Project Worker, Multicultural Health and Support Service on (03) 9342 9713 or

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