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NHMRC Funded

Strengthening Emergency Engagement and Communication for Multicultural Communities

About SEEC.

The SEEC project aims to explore ways to enhance the capacity of community and religious leaders and other stakeholders who support people from multicultural communities, to assist their respective communities during health crises events and other emergencies.

What will the project achieve?

This project builds local capacity among multicultural communities, and recognises the trust and value that is placed on local voices. This will fundamentally shift current engagement paradigm’s and provide a sustainable mechanism to reduce the inequality experienced by minority communities during pandemics and other crises. Working closely with the multicultural sector, we aim to develop and evaluate a new training package. Our project has been approved by the UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee and funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

This project works in collaboration with leading institutions and organisations

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NHMRC Funded

Major Funders

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We have shared our results and complementary studies

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People who volunteer their time to participate in our research make it possible for SEEC to find better ways of supporting the enhanced communication and engagement of multicultural communities during emergencies

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Our team comprises of 16 Investigators, Staff and PhD Students

3 in 10

People living in Australia were born overseas (30 June 2020)


Of people living in Australia were born overseas or had parents who were born overseas (2016 Census)


People living in Australia speak a language other than English at home (2021)

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What are we doing?

Community Driven Communication and Engagement During Health Crisis Periods: Co-designing Enhanced and Transferable Strategies

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Cross-sectional community survey and focus groups

In NSW, QLD & VIC to identify perceptions towards information intermediaries (IIs)

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In depth interviews

With Stakeholders, Community Leaders and other Information Intermediaries

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3 Co-design Workshops

Review findings from Phases 1, validate the intervention principles, develop core concepts, and review the functionality of the intervention and identify any changes

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Develop Design Brief

and produce a functional version of the intervention based on findings and ongoing discussion

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We make every effort to get feedback from stakeholders and intended end-users and test the intervention for feasability, acceptability and efficacy

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