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In this Issue... #38 (Feb 2020)


Be part of the planning for Refugee Health!

QUT are evaluating the impact of the Refugee Health and Well being Policy and Action Plan and you can help to document the impact and inform the planning for the next one by completing their survey!
The survey takes about 7-10 minutes.

Click the link  here to take the survey. 

This will form part of the final report. Read the Baseline Report Summary here.

Interested in the progress report? It has just been released. Read it here - Refugee Health and Wellbeing: A policy and action plan for Queensland 2017-2020. 2018-2019 Progress Report (Jan 2020) HERE.

Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme

Apply now for the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship Program and Mentoring Scheme
Brisbane City Council is offering 89 business scholarships and mentoring placements for Brisbane residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are committed to developing their business and entrepreneurial skills. More information here.


Languages added to the Appointment Reminder Translation Tool

One way to reduce appointment ‘no shows’ is for clients to read their appointment letter in their first language. The NSW Refugee Health Service online translated appointment reminder translation tool can assist. Just type in the details then print or save as a PDF. The form can be immediately translated into 41 languages. Seven new languages were recently added: Afar, Amharic, Hazaragi, Rohingya, Japanese, Oromo and Zomi chin.

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

Refugee Health Network Qld You Tube Channel 

Did you know the Network has a You Tube channel where health information videos are collated by language into playlists?

The best way to promote these is to direct patients to their language using these direct links. 
Arabic (African countries)
Arabic (Middle East):
Alternatively , you can help them to find the Network You tube channel on their phone.

Fire safety information translated

Information on what activities can be undertaken during a fire danger period or on Total Fire Ban days e.g. having a barbecue.

View the resource in multiple languages here.

Education Opportunities

Who are We, who are You and who am I? Culture, identity, inclusion and belonging in contemporary Australia

Presented by the Multicultural Mental Health (MMH) Program (CYMHS, CHQ HHS) and the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN)

Date: Tuesday 3rd March 2020
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am (registration from 8.00am)
Venue: Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Children’s Hospital, 501 Stanley Street, South Brisbane
Cost: Free – morning tea provided (Please BYO coffee cup/water bottle to keep our planet green)
More information here.

Supporting Trauma Recovery with Children from Refugee Backgrounds

When: Thursday 5th March  20209:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Brisbane Multicultural Centre28 Dibley St, Wooloongabba
More information here. 

To register:

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

This full-day training on May 15th 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.
More information and register here.

Upcoming Events

Multicultural Australia is delighted to be collaborating with La Boite Theatre Company to present ‘The Neighbourhood’, a follow-on piece to 2017’s ‘The Village’.

This original theatre work, showcasing the journeys of diverse Queenslanders, is one way we are working to change the conversation around multiculturalism in Queensland; a movement we know our partners and community are so passionate about.

The Brisbane season runs from 8 – 29 February 2020, before moving on to Toowoomba. 
Purchase a ticket here.

Like a moth to a flame

Art exhibition exploring the enduring trauma and social and cultural isolation of the refugee experience.
Artist and former refugee, Sha Sarwari, will share the process and motivation behind his most recent works that speak of existing between two worlds, longing and belonging, with a pointed reference to the political discourse around refugees and migration, identity, place, memory and nationhood.
The exhibition is being held in Bridge Gallery at Adderton: house & heart of mercy; a unique cultural space exploring to explore ideas of justice and mercy in contemporary society through art exhibitions, programs, workshops and events. 
WHEN:    Saturday 22 February
TIME:      2pm,  Artist Talk followed by refreshments
WHERE:  Adderton: house & heart of mercy, All Hallows’ Convent, 547 Ann Street, Brisbane
RSVP:      More information and register here
If you are unable to make the exhibition opening, please visit Adderton: house & heart of mercy another time.  Adderton is open Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 2pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Opportunity to contribute to policy and advocacy

ECCQ is now developing its 2020 Multicultural Position Statement in collaboration with our Statewide members and multicultural communities.

Please join the Brisbane consultation.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020
5:30pm - 7:30pm
More information and RSVP to Mathis: or 07 3844 9166. 

International Women’s Day  - 5 March

Benarrawa Community Development Association and Ethnic Communities Council of QLD invites you to International Women’s Day.
Joyful activities include morning tea, Sudanese Sari demonstration, a “how to ”Indian sari class, African fashions, colourful dress ups, guest speakers and dancing.
When: Thursday 5 March 2020
Where: Pamphlett Sea Scout Hall, Via Simpsons Playground, Graceville Ave, Graceville
More information here.

Get ready for Harmony Week!

Harmony Week is coming up in March (15-21) and the the theme is 'Everyone belongs'. Register an event today or find out more here.

Community Opportunities

Free Introductory Training to Community Development

After a successful series of community development training delivered in 2019, I’m pleased to inform you that  Brisbane City Council will again be funding another series of training. This years’ training will  again be delivered by Praxis Co-op with the first training sessions being specifically targeted at Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALD) across Brisbane.

The 8- hour training, which will be delivered over two Saturdays, will seek to develop the skills and knowledge of workers, volunteers and community members wanting to develop local responses to benefit local communities. Please note that to acquire the full benefit of the training that commitment and attendance will be required at both sessions.
Training dates as follows:
  • Saturday 21 March 2020
  • Saturday 4 April 2020
Venue: Nundah Library, 1 Bage Street, Nundah QLD 4012 
Training time:10 am – 2.00pm (refreshments will be provided) 

As the recipient of this email could you circulate this information across your respect communities and where applicable, management committee members. Please note that places are limited and it will not be possible to have more than one representative per organisation.
If you would like to register an interest in attending could you please do so by no later than Friday 21 February 2020
Any questions please contact:
Edna Alexis, Community Development Coordinator, Diversity
Brisbane City Council

Latest Research

Network News

Network presents work at Refugee Alternatives Conference

The Refugee Alternatives conference hosted by Refugee Council Australia was held at QUT in Brisbane on 13- 14 February, 2020.

Vicky Jacobson, Donata Sackey and Sediqa Karimi represented the Refugee Health Network Qld at the Thursday afternoon plenary session Ways of Working, which focused on the importance of partnerships and collaboration for change.  They discussed how the network was formed what they have achieved in the last three years along with key learnings.  The presentation also examined the role of community in the work of the Network and how the policy and action plan is being evaluated with peer researchers.
Did you miss the conference? See information about the speakers here.

Bits n Pieces

Queensland Government launches positive mental health and well being campaign

Dear Mind is Queensland’s first positive mental health and wellbeing campaign, encouraging all Queensland adults to create a healthier relationship with their mind and prioritise their mental wellbeing.

Running between 12 January and 31 May 2020, Dear Mind can be seen on TV, in cinema, on digital channels and in medical centres across Queensland. It aligns with, and contributes to, key Queensland Government policies aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the population.

How can you promote this message in your workplace? 

Check out the campaign website ( for ideas and inspiration for incorporating mental wellbeing into your everyday, as well as links to wellbeing resources and support services.

Book Review: Refuge beyond reach: how rich democracies repel asylum seekers

by David Scott FitzGerald
In this book FitzGerald argues that the rich democracies of the Global North have developed ways to evade the spirit of international humanitarian laws when it comes to migration, whilst simultaneously de jure adhering to them. Read the review here.
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