Afri-Aus Care programs include the Culturally Appropriate Women's group who use the UBUNTU guidelines and the Positive Change Model.

Listen to Selba as she addresses Rotary in 2020:

Not only do some of the African communities in Australia, arrive here with Post Traumatic Stress, the women may have experienced intimate partner violence in Africa, and again in Australia.  This type of violence takes place across all cultures and faith groups.

In addition to physical and sexual violence, women from refugee backgrounds are particularly vulnerable to financial abuse, reproductive coercion and immigration-related abuse.

The various factors relevant to the refugee communities include:

  • migration pathways
  • traumatic pre-arrival experiences
  • settlement issues eg. acculturation stress and social isolation

Families need integrated, trauma-informed care to address their experiences of violence. We need to overcome the barriers to engagement with these communities, to enhance cultural safety.

Promoting community involvement and leadership has been shown to be important in developing culturally competent programs, and violence prevention strategies.

Pic. shows Rotarians and Afri-Aus Care visiting the Dandenong head office.

There is much work to be done to assist our African Australians to find safety in Australia. Rotary SAFE Families looks forward to continuing to work with the MAMAS program both online and face to face in the future.  We need to take into account the reluctance for the African women to disclose or raise concern about their abuse, as there is much to lose for women including community judgement, shunning and excluding. 

Other barriers include language, transport, caring responsibilities, work/study commitments and other settlement issues which act as a hindrance to the full participation of women from African background in Australia, making help seeking more difficult.

Who We Are

Afri-Aus Care works to address mental health taboos within African and other Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. They provide assistance and support to individuals through primary mental health intervention and support and social programs. Involvement in these programs enables individuals to better integrate into Australian society.

Their work is guided by a positive change model, emphasising change for the better, and the concept of Ubuntu – ‘I am because we are.’  They are building a future in which all people and services acknowledge and are sensitive to African and CALD peoples’ perceptions of mental health and personal wellbeing.

• Black Rhinos Men’s Basketball & Indoor Soccer Teams
• Black Rhinos Women’s Basketball Team
• Sewing & Cooking
• Community Gardening
• Intensive Case Management and Mental Health Services
• Employment Pathways
• Education Programs
• Afri Connect Local Drug Action Team Dandenong
• Student Placements

Afri-Aus Care is based in Dandenong, with services extending throughout Melbourne’s South East. Their programs include:

• Alcohol Diversion Program
• Prison & Court Programs
• Legal Advice & Education
• Work & Development Permit Scheme
• Youth & Women’s Groups in Pakenham
• South East Community Leaders Youth Engagement at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre
• African Australian Health & Wellbeing Men’s Group in     Springvale
• African Men’s Self Development Program in      Pakenham Dandenong and Magistrates' Court    Dandenong Police Alcohol Diversion Program.

Phone:03 9791 8344/Mobile:0433 526 553 / Website: www.afri– 


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