Press Release

Mr Tim O´Malley TD, Minister of State, at the JOIN Conference on Anti-Discrimination and Equality in Health Care

Today, Wednesday 31st March at 9 am, Mr. Tim O´Malley T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children opened the JOIN Conference on Anti-Discrimination and Equality in Health Care in the Oak Room in the Mansion House.

The JOIN project is a EU-funded trans-national project co-run by Access Ireland (Refugee Social Integration Programme), the Finnish Ministry of Labour in Finland and the Roma and Sinti Union in Germany.

The theme of the conference focuses on tackling the challenges involved in promoting equity and fairness in the provision of a quality, people-centred health and social service for minority groups in society.

Access Ireland´s contribution to the JOIN Project involves the recruitment and training of cultural mediators from the refugee and asylum seeking communities to help with the sensitive provision of health and social services for these communities.

This avoids misunderstandings or conflicts due to cultural and linguistic differences that can pose actual or potential barriers between people of different backgrounds and service providers. Misunderstandings that can sometimes lead to claims of racial discrimination against service providers.