Count Me In

Project Details

Refugee background migrants to Australia face significant challenges. We work in partnership with community organisations to investigate and promote conditions that support children and families from refugee backgrounds to overcome barriers to social inclusion, participation and wellbeing.

Count Me In

Count Me In (CMI) was a mixed-methods, participatory action research project designed and implemented in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia between 2017–2019 to
address known barriers to sports participation for young people from migrant and minority
ethnic groups.

Count Me In was a partnership project between the University of Melbourne, Merri Health, Arabic Welfare, Moreland City Council, Hume City Council, VicHealth, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Fawkner Primary School, Badminton Victoria and many local sporting clubs. The project aimed to promote physical, mental and social health by providing supported opportunities to participate in sport by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Bi-cultural Community Support Co-ordinators (CSCs) were employed to recruit and support the engagement of young people and their families into local mainstream sports clubs.

Count Me In was thrilled to be awarded the 2017 VicHealth Award for Building Health through Sports and  were a finalist for the 2019 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards: Chief Health Officer's Award.

Study Results

Count Me In study  published in Sport & Society (2022)

VicHealth Summary Research Report

Listen: Podcast episode Dr Karen Block from the University of Melbourne and Naz Asim from the Northern Badminton Club chat to Steve from Sports Community for the 'Doing Sports Differently' segment, in Partnership with VicHealth.

Listen: Podcast episode The (weekly) Sports Piece discuss the paper "Count Me In a sports participation intervention promoting inclusion for young people from migrant backgrounds in Australia".

Listen: Podcast episode The (weekly) Sports Piece interview Dr Karen Block about the Count Me In project.


Count Me In! from Brockhoff Child Health Program on Vimeo.

Video – by Iman Balla

‘Sport Leadership and Society’ undergraduate student project, University of Melbourne



Scoping Study 2014-2015: Promoting sports participation for refugee-background young people

Published paper
Block K and Gibbs L. 2017. Promoting Social Inclusion through Sport for Refugee-Background Youth in Australia: Analysing Different Participation Models. Social Inclusion, Volume 5, Issue 2, Pages 91–100. DOI: 10.17645/si.v5i2.903

Research Group

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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