When developing programs, policies or projects that involve culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities or community groups, it is best practice to work in collaboration with all parties involved.
Bi-cultural workers can be instrumental in facilitating effective community engagement, co-design and community-led practice
A bi-cultural worker is employed to use their cultural knowledge, language skills, lived experience and community connections to work with people who they share a lived experience with and with mainstream organisations. Bi-cultural workers elevate community voices, advocate for their needs, co-design and deliver programs, share information and facilitate cultural safety (cohealth, 2019).
cohealth hosts a network of highly skilled, multi-lingual bi-cultural workers who have graduated from our bi-cultural internship program. They have extensive community networks, an in-depth understanding of different cultural perspectives
Meet our team of bi-cultural workers here:
Organisations and businesses can contract bi-cultural workers as consultants through cohealth. If you would like to learn more about how the bi-cultural work program can support your project, email Jasmine.Phillips@cohealth.org.au.
These documents will help you plan for your project or activity so you can provide us with all the information we need to link you with the right bi-cultural worker.
Bi-cultural worker payment policy (PDF 169KB)
Bi-cultural worker position description (PDF 82KB)
When you are ready, you can request a bi-cultural worker.
To build on bi-cultural workers’ expertise and develop organisational capacity to employ bi-cultural workers in a culturally safe way, cohealth has developed a set of professional standards in collaboration with bi-cultural workers and other staff from across the community sector.
cohealth delivers online ‘Professional Standards for Bi-cultural Work’ training.
In this training you will learn about cohealth’s professional standards for bi-cultural work and approaches to implement them in ways relevant to your work. You will learn new strategies to collaborate effectively with bi-cultural workers, to deliver culturally safe community led projects and effective community engagement.
This training is for people who work with or employ bi-cultural workers and for bi-cultural workers interested in developing new strategies to improve cultural safety, effective community engagement and community led practice.
The training is delivered across 2x three-hour sessions.
To register your interest in the training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
cohealth runs a bi-cultural internship program for people from refugee-like backgrounds who want to work as a bi–cultural worker. This program develops participant’s skills and expertise to work as bi-cultural workers and lead their own community-based projects. To register your interest, email email@example.com.
cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation. We provide essential health and support services in Melbourne’s CBD, and northern and western suburbs.