Superheroes of SRH: Yanping Xu

Bilingual Health Educator, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

 

1. How are you working to improve sexual and reproductive health?

I work as a qualified bilingual health educator, with migrant and refugee women by delivering sexual and reproductive health information sessions.

These sessions provide the information in relation to women’s health rights, pregnancy, sexual transmitted infections, where to get help in their languages etc.

2. What do you love most about your work?

I love facilitating discussions with women of diverse cultures, hearing their unique stories, giving the appropriate information to help them to make informed decisions on the challenges they are facing.

I also love hearing great feedback from women who used knowledge from these sessions to improve their personal lives.

3. Why is your work so important?

My work links women in multicultural communities to the appropriate service providers.

My work provides a safe environment with women to women approach to encourage open discussion and information sharing.

The work empowers women to actively seek out relevant sexual and reproductive health information which they could use themselves as well as helping family and friends.

4. What do you think are the biggest sexual and reproductive health issues facing women you are working with?

The biggest issues are how to access sexual and reproductive health information in their first language.

In some cultures, issues related to sexual and reproductive are uncomfortable topics in taboo, therefore, discussion about these topics are prohibited and/or not encouraged among friends and family. This leads to lack of understanding and misinformation.