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|Remembering and recovering from COVID-19||3.14 MB|
This project sought to understand the unique effects COVID-19 and associated restrictions have had on multicultural communities in Melbourne, especially in relation to their social connections. Partnering with Merri-bek City Council and Lendlease Victoria to conduct the qualitative project, the research involved surveys and focus groups with multicultural communities across Melbourne.
Findings demonstrate high rates of frontline workers, reduced access to education and employment, geographic separation from family and mental health taboos all led to elevated experiences with grief, trauma and distress. However, social activities provided a promising option for community-led recovery, highlighting the importance of social connection for multicultural communities in the wake of the pandemic.