The Water Well Project is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit health initiative conceived and delivered by junior doctors in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, Foundation House and the Australian Medical Association Victoria. Volunteer doctors provide culturally-appropriate, interactive health information sessions to Victorian migrant and community groups. The Mission of The Water Well Projecct is “to improve the physical and mental health of all migrants and refugees in Victoria through education provided by doctors and community empowerment”.
The interactive nature of The Water Well Project encourages a valuable two-way dialogue. Through the provision of health information sessions, migrant and refugee community groups based in Victoria are able to engage with doctors and, accordingly, build trusting relationships. Consequently, knowledge about health issues and access to local health care and resources will be enhanced. Ultimately, the project aims to stimulate more effective and informed health consultations with local hospitals, general practitioners, specialists, refugee health nurses and allied health.