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Ed #34 (October, 2019)


First  Gold Coast Multicultural Women's Health Expo a Success

On 5th September, the first Gold Coast Multicultural Women’s Health Expo was held at TAFE Queensland, Southport. The Expo was attended by over 250 people visiting the 20 service providers in attendance. The purpose of the health expo, other than increasing awareness and access to Gold Coast health providers, was to gather information that would inform the potential for future multicultural health services. The day was organised by a planning committee including; 3Es to Freedom, The Benevolent Society, MCCGC, MFO and a representative from NDIS.
Read the full report HERE and read more about 3 Anglicare's 3E's to Freedom Program HERE.

Refugee Health Network Qld attends Pharmacy Assistants National Conference

The Refugee Health Network Qld and Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) were able to have a trade stall at the Pharmacy Assistant National Conference 11- 13th October, held in Brisbane.

The promotion of the FREE immediate telephone phone interpreter service for Pharmacists was promoted to all participant to encourage the pharmacy assistants to engage interpreters when needed. 

Read More:
- Information about Interpreting for Pharmacists here.
- Common myths and facts about Interpreters and Pharmacy here.
- TIS Information HERE.

(L-R) Ally Wakefield & Vicky Jacobson from the Refugee Health Network Qld with Justin Kyatt (TIS) promote working with Interpreters at the Pharmacy Assistant Conference.

Call for Papers - migrant and refugee women's health and well-being

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health invite researchers, general, clinical and community practitioners, policy makers and advocates are invited to attend a two-day national conference.The conference will focus on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all women living in Australia from migrant and refugee backgrounds. More info here.



Ever wondered about refugees in Australia? Why they leave their country, who they are and where they go? Read the Refugees in Australia: a quick guide from the Refugee Council of Australia HERE.

Refugee Transitions

Refugee Transitions is a magazine produced by STARTTS. Refugee Transitions reports on a wide range of refugee and human rights issues which are relevant to our work. It focuses attention on the impact of organised violence and human rights abuses on health and provides ideas on intervention models to address the health and social needs of refugees. It debates and campaigns for changes necessary to assist, empower and strengthen refugee communities in their settlement process.

Read the current issue or past issues through the FASSTT website here.

Doctor's Priority Line (DPL) 1300 131 450 (24 hrs /7 days)

Find out if you are eligible for free interpreting and register for a 'TIS National Client Code' by contacting TIS.

Check with your Client Liaison service to confirm if the GP/Doctor has access to the FREE ON SITE service There is a minimum booking of 90 minutes, and must be between 8am – 6pm.
TIS Client Liaison: 1300 575 847                     TIS Onsite Interpreter Information: 1300 655 082

Download the Refugee Health Resource Folders for Clinicians and GP Administration here.
If you are a GP Practice interested in receiving hard copy Refugee Health folders, contact your local PHN or
Translated Resources for Patients

Healthy Eating in Australia: Multilingual videos for newly arrived refugees and migrants

A new series of short YouTube videos, developed for key refugee communities by a coalition of health staff across NSW in 5 languages; Arabic, Dari, English, Karen & Tibetan.

The chapters are:
· Planning Healthy Meals (running time 5 minutes 30 seconds)
· Shopping for Healthy Food (6 mins 48)
· Healthy Lunches (7 mins 29)
· Healthy Family Routines (6 mins 40 )
· Making Food Safe to Eat (9 mins 24 )
Watch them all here.


Your Body, Your Choice

True Relationships and Reproductive Health’s factsheet, “Your Body, Your Choice”, is an educational resource on sexual assault and is now available in 9 different languages to share with your community. Download them here.

Translated resource: Family health and wellbeing

Parenting South Australia has developed a series of easy parenting guides about family health and well being in Arabic, Dari, Dinka, French, Swahili and English. Download the resources

Education Opportunities

Communication across cultures in primary healthcare - 6th November, 2019

An interactive workshop designed for clinicians and administration staff working in primary healthcare. The aim is to provide the tools to understand and bridge cultural difference in order to have effective interactions with people from different cultural backgrounds and ensure the delivery of high quality health care.
Time: 5:45pm registration and dinner for a 6:15 start, 8:30pm finish
Cost: Free, dinner provided. 
Location: The Glen Hotel, 24 Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains, QLD 4113

This is an accredited activity under the RACGP QI&CPD Program, activity number 133418.
Register your participation here. 
For more information contact Raquel McCready 07 3864 7522 /

Join the Workshop - The Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia (The Framework)

Are you looking for ways to build the cultural responsiveness of your practice or service?
Mental health services, Primary Health Networks (PHNs) and individual practitioners are invited to attend a workshop in Brisbane on 4th Dec on the Framework. More information and register here.

Supporting Refugee Kids - ECHO Network

Join this network for weekly support and guidance from your co-participants and an expert panel including medical, allied health and education professionals.

Mondays from 3:15 – 4:30pm Queensland time
14th October – 25th November 2019
Download the flyer for more info.
This program has started but contact the organisers for more information.

Migrant And Refugee Reproductive And Sexual Health: Culturally Responsive Clinical Practice

This full-day training will increase the competency and confidence of health care professionals in communicating with patients from refugee and migrant backgrounds in aspects of reproductive and sexual health.

October 30th 2019
Time 8:30am - 4.30pm
Where Windsor, Brisbane
Cost $44
More information here.

Online module now available

True Sexual and Reproductive Heath launch free, self-paced, online module on creating culturally safer environments
If you are a service provider, health professional, community worker, or interpreter, this module will help you develop strategies and services for your clients who are from migrant and refugee backgrounds and gender and/or sexuality diverse (or LGBTIQ+) - check out the training here. (Registration required)

‘Working with Cultural Diversity’

MDA are offering this training on Wednesday 23rd October 2019
Read more and register here.

Supporting those who are Buried in Treasures -  Working One on One Within the Home

A highly interactive training workshop with internationally recognised speakers, advocates and trainers, Lee Shuer and Bec Belofsky Shuer.
 This workshop will provide workers with evidence based, concrete and effective techniques to support people on a one on one basis within their homes, to reduce their clutter, increasing safety and improve quality of life.
GBHSSG works to inform and direct collaborative, holistic and sustainable responses to the issues of hoarding and squalor in greater Brisbane. 
When - Registration from 9am
10am - 4pm workshop - Monday 28 October
Seven Hills Hub, 28 Tallowwood Street, Seven Hills - Book here.  
More information here.

Upcoming Events

A Must see movie

Brisbane Premiere, Thu 24th Oct 6.30pm.  New Farm cinema with filmmaker Q & A plus special guest Kirsty Diallo ex-social worker on Nauru  Buy your ticket here.
Brisbane Sun 27th October 2pm. Five Star Cinemas, New Farm - Session times here.

Community Events and Opportunities

Employment Training Expo

Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: 180 School Road, Redbank Plains

More information here.

Free Training in Retail

Multilink in cooperation with the National Retail Association of Australia are offering FREE Nationally Accredited Certificate II in Retail for people from a CALD background.

Read about it here. 
More information: Contact Paul Ph. 0449 210 069

World AIDS Day 2019 Multicultural Community Forum

ECCQ presents a FREE forum
  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00AM – 12:30PM (lunch after)
  • Acacia Ridge Souths Sports Club
  • 174 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge QLD 4110
  • Free resources and giveaways, coffee and tea on arrival.
  • More information here.

Latest Research

FDI survey highlights low level of oral care access for refugees

A recent survey by FDI World Dental Federation (FDI) has found that the level of availability of dental services to refugees across the globe is extremely low, limited by many economic, cultural and psychological barriers.
Read the article in the Dental Tribune here.

Network News

A summary of the recent Partnership Advisory Group Qld (PAGQ) minutes are available now here.

Read more about PAGQ here.

Employment Opportunities


Not for Profit, MDA providing support to new migrants & refugees needs a spirited, hands-on & market-proven CEO to lead with true conviction, compassion & authenticity. Read about the position and apply here.

Health Coordinator - MDA

  • Full Time, Ongoing Opportunity
  • Competitive salary package with salary sacrifice opportunities
  • Flexible and inclusive multicultural work environment
  • Opportunity to work for the largest and most reputable settlement organisation in Queensland
Read about it here.

Role Players wanted

NAATI is currently recruiting Role Players in Brisbane for the following languages:
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Urdu
NAATI role-players are language speakers who play the role of clients in certified interpreter tests. 
Screening sessions will be held in mid-October 2019.
Interested? Read the Information Guide. 

Refugee Health Nurse News

Refugee Nurse Forum coming in 2020!

Planning is underway for the next National Refugee Health Nurses Forum for 2020. It will be held in Victoria - date to be confirmed. Keep informed by becoming a FREE member of the Refugee Nurses Australia here.

Bits n Pieces

Former Wallabies Doctor helping Australia's refugees get back on their feet for free

Read the full article here.

Sexual Violence Awareness Month

Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held during October each year to:

  • raise community awareness about sexual violence
  • promote the support options available to people affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse, and
  • uphold a clear message that sexual violence will not be tolerated in our communities. 
Read more about it here.

Fostering Integration Grants

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Fostering Integration Grants in 2019-20.

The objective of the grant opportunity is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia. Read more here.

Interested in Nutrition and physical activity promotion?

Read the latest 'Healthy Communities' Newsletter from Logan HERE.

Movies to change the way you see the world - from the Australian Red Cross (ARC)

Check out the new list of must-watch movies ARC created: 17 movies with messages we think are worth sharing.

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This E-Newsletter provides a regular forum to share news, resources and information to support practitioners, build capacity and partnerships to improve the health and wellbeing of people from refugee backgrounds. 

It is collated and distributed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland and supported by 
Mater and the Queensland Government.

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