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In this Issue - March 2019



New Report provides CALD data for planning in Brisbane North

Metro North Hospital and Health Service have launched a new report titled Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community Data. The report provides data on what is known about culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities drawing from population health data and research alongside Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) episode, admission, inpatient and interpreter data. Analysis of these datasets provides a picture of the CALD community profile in the Metro North catchment and a basis for further consultation, action planning and prioritisation.

Metro North also launched new online information called 'Health Equity and Inclusion" on their intranet. Although it is only available to Qld Health staff at the moment here, it will be available to the broader public in the near future. The webpage includes multitudes of information such as Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Resources including support for staff, community and our community. 

Australians demand the humane treatment of people seeking asylum and refugees as historic vote passes Parliament

Earlier this month, Senators and MPs came together from across the political spectrum to vote through historic legislation allowing people detained offshore to access urgent medical care in Australia. Read about it here.


Providing culturally responsive dietetic services: A self assessment tool for clinicians

Developed by Metro South Health, this self-assessment tool is to encourage greater awareness of effective ways to provide culturally responsive services. Key indicators provide practical examples of the attitudes, values and practices required for safe, culturally appropriate and effective dietetic services. Indicators you mark as ‘no’ or ‘unsure’ may be used to identify areas for self-reflection or training. See it here.

Dementia Awareness

Moving Pictures: Raising awareness of dementia through flim and media in CALD communities. this includes videso in English, Arabic. See the new site here.

Qld Health develop sexual health animations

Queensland Health have produced animations to provide information on STI transmission and symptoms, as well as other aspects of sexual and reproductive health. There are also animations about what you can expect if you see a health provider for a sexual health check. Watch them here.

New information about Somali culture available

Did you know the common casual greeting in Somali is “See tahay” (How are you?). People may also say “Is ka warran?" (What’s the news?) or “Maha la shegay?” (What are people saying?). These phrases are used to mean simply Hello/How are you.

Check out the new Somali profile covering information such as core concepts, religion, greetings, etiquette and family on the SBS Cultural Atlas.

While the profile is published, it is still a work in progress and SBS invite all feedback and input.
You can access it here.

Refugee Health Resources are available online.

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

Pregnancy, child birth and new borns

Multicultural & Multilingual Information in several languages from WestMead Hospital, NSW.
See the resources here.

Health Eating for Pregnancy

Raising Children have resources in several languages here.

Headspace is a free or low-cost youth mental health service for 12–25 year olds. They now have translated brochures available here.

Education Opportunities

The 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 27-29 March 2019.
Check out the Program here.

How to Manage and Alleviate Suicidal Behaviour as a Member of the Community

Friday 22nd March, 8.30am-12.30pm
Conference Room
51 Wembley Rd
Logan Central
$10 (GST incl.) plus booking fee per member
More information and register here.


This two-day training is targeted towards specialists and allied health staff working with children and young people, particularly in contexts where children have been affected by complex and developmental trauma.

  • Date: 26th and 27th of March 2019
  • Venue: The Glen Hotel, Cnr Logan Road and Gaskell Road, Eight Mile Plains
  • Time: 9.00am – 4:30pm (catering will be provided)
  • Cost: Free

More information here or call Cassandra French, on 07 3864 7566 or email

Education Program (Child abuse in CALD communities)

Brisbane: Mon 25 March 2019, 8.30-1pm, The Ship Inn
This session is being deliveredby Dr Pooja Sawrikar from the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, to assist service providers in developing their cultural competency. Register here by 22 March 2019.

Upcoming Events

Welcome Symposium 2019

The idea of welcome as more than a greeting, but as an underpinning of commerce and socioeconomic development, has a long history in this country. An Australia we can all celebrate
Read more information about the Symposium on April 2 and 3 here.


The Rwandan Association of Queensland Inc. cordially invites you to its Annual Rwandan Genocide Commemoration where we will reflect and pay tribute to the memory of all victims and innocent people who lost their lives.
For catering purposes all guests including children are requested to RSVP by 24 March 2019

On Saturday 6 April 2019 at 2:45pm
Location - Queensland Parliament House
2A George Street, Brisbane , QUEENSLAND 4000
Register here

Latest Research

Qld Framework for development of the Mental Health Lived Experience Workforce

RMIT Research aims to understand how lived experience workforce roles are currently being designed, implemented and collaborated with across organisations in Queensland. Take the survey here.

Employment Opportunities

QPASTT is currently recruiting for a Coordinator for our Children and Youth Team, based in our Brisbane office. This position is permanent (pending funding) with a standard 6 month probation period. View the position here.

Refugee Health Nurse News

The Refugee Nurses Australia (RNA) forum program has been released. Registrations are still open for the one day forum in Brisbane on Tuesday, March 26th.
More information and Register here.

From the Regions

Multicultural playgroup in Cairns

FREE Multicultural Playgroup, for 0-5 year olds, every Friday during school term at Centacare, Cairns.

Morning tea and fun activities are provided. Call Dom or Joy for more information on (07) 4044 0130.

Meet our Members

Refugee Health Advisory Group Consultant Michel Ghazal started at the Mater Hospital at the end of 2016.  We caught up with him to hear about his role with the group that supports the work of the Refugee Health Network Qld.
What is your role as a member of the Group of 11?
I represent the Syrian community in Brisbane and I act as a bridge between my community and the health system. I am part of a group of 11 people representing different communities and we are known as the “G11”.

Although I am based at the Mater, the members of our group support the work of the Network by being a community voice to the health system across Queensland. Some of the activities I have done include evaluating a health promotion program for the Syrian community, conducting peer interviews as part of the QUT evaluation of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Policy and Action Plan, presenting at Clinical education events and assisting the community to navigate the health system.
What was the reason for choosing to be involved in the area of refugee health?
If I could go back a few years and look at my future, I wouldn’t have thought that I would end up working in refugee health. And now that I’ve been working in this area for a while I find it a very interesting and inspiring area of health that should be more prioritised.

Do you do any other work at the Mater?
I am currently volunteering with the Mater Integrated Refugee Health Service as a Research Assistant. My focus is on planning the evaluation of the refugee health co-location model where Mater refugee health nurses co-locate in GP Practices throughout Brisbane and meet new arrivals through the humanitarian program.

What are your interests / hobbies outside of work?
I am currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Science so I’m a full-time student. I also enjoy reading, especially about mythology, but basically I read anything that would attract my attention. I also enjoy walking, playing chess, streaming movies and comedy shows and hanging out with my friends.

If you want to contact with Michel contact the Program Manager, Ally Wakefield (Mon to Wed)
Email: or Ph. (07) 3163 6355

Bits n Pieces

'Give them a chance': employing refugees not as complicated as many think

New guide outlines the benefits of hiring a refugee, including documented high loyalty and lower turnover rates Read the article here.

Eradicating Fistula forever

We believe no woman should suffer the indignity of an obstetric fistula. We have all come into this world because of a woman. And we believe every woman should be able to deliver her baby safely and without harm." 
Read the amazing story of Dr Catherine Hamlin

Business Scholarships

Apply for a business scholarship or mentoring placement to grow your business and increase your entrepreneurial skills. An initiative of the Lord Mayor's Multicultural Round Table. Read about it here.

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