Rob Wright

Everyone belongs at Harmony Health Expo

COFFS Harbour's first multicultural health information day will be held on Tuesday to coincide with Australia's Harmony Week celebrations.

The Harmony in Health Expo will be held from 10am to 2pm at C.ex Coffs. It will provide information about health and support services to local residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The expo will be hosted by the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) in partnership with Coffs Harbour City Council, North Coast Primary Health Network, Department of Human Services Centrelink Service Centre and Mid Coast Communities.

Other partners supporting the health initiative include C.ex Coffs, Coffs Home Mods, the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre MNC, Anglicare North Coast and NORTEC.

The Director of the North Coast Public Health Unit, Paul Corben, said the event aimed to promote social connections, health and wellbeing.

"Many of our Mid North Coast residents are from non-English speaking backgrounds, so it can be very challenging for them to access specific information about the services they require," Mr Corben said.

"MNCLHD Governing Board Members met with representatives of our multicultural community who expressed a need for health information and access to health professionals to address their health care needs.

"The Health Expo was supported as a way of achieving this. It will provide access to relevant government agencies, health organisations, community groups and services with the aim of improving social inclusion, health and wellbeing for our multicultural community members."

The Harmony in Health Expo will also feature multicultural entertainment and activities such as Zumba, Latin Dance, Yoga and drumming.

The event will include a significant focus on youth, with transport and catering organised for local school and TAFE students.

Free transport may be available to other residents by phoning Community Transport on 6651 1137.

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