Ed #61 (March, 2022)

Resources for Clinicians
Translated Resources
Education Opportunities

Community Opportunities
Bits n Pieces


CALD COVID Health Engagement Project (CCHEP) Update

This is the second year of the Queensland Health Funded, CALD COVID-19 Health Engagement Project (CCHEP) a partnership driven initiative supported by eight partner organisations, managed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland (RHNQ), and auspiced by Mater Refugee Health. The project aims to make sure the needs of CALD communities across Queensland are heard and addressed.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Continued Dispensing during Covid-19

During severe weather events many people have lost medicines or their regular pharmacy or doctor has unexpectedly closed.  
Did you know you can attend any pharmacy in Australia and under special emergency supply orders a pharmacist can provide nearly any medicine without a prescription.
Please do not go without your essential medicine. Read more here.

Community Recovery from flooding in South East Queensland

Find a Community Recovery Hub location here.

Eligible individuals and families who have been impacted by the floods can claim financial assistance through:

Woodridge Community Flood Recovery Special Bulletin - details here.

2021-22 Humanitarian Program Consultation Summary

Each year, the Australian Government seeks the views of the Australian public on the management and composition of the Humanitarian Program. As a result of this process in 2021, a total of 28 written submissions were received following the publication of the 2021–21 Humanitarian Program discussion paper. For the first time, this year we have published a Summary of the 2021–22 Humanitarian Program Consultation on the Department’s website, which provides an overview of the main issues raised by stakeholders who participated and provided input on the 2021–22 Humanitarian Program.

Resources for Clinicians

New Service supports people who are homeless

Welcome the Home and Healthy Program delivered by Micah Projects in consortium with YFS and ATSICHS to service the Brisbane South PHN region. The Home and Healthy program supports people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness who also homeless or at risk of homelessness. They assist people to effectively navigate across systems such as housing, physical health care, drug and alcohol, mental health, and social enterprise. Read more about the service here.

Translated Resources for Patients

New Translated COVID 19 Resources from Queensland Health 

Long COVID translated fact sheet & audio recording

This fact sheet, developed by the Victorian Department of Health, has been translated into nine languages as a written fact sheet, and 5 languages as an audio recording.

It raises awareness of Long COVID and encourages people to seek care from their General Practitioner. More information and listen here.

Translated videos about Dementia being evaluated

As part of the ADAPT project “Animating Dementia Prevention in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities” the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) have co-produced with CALD communities a short animated film that translates cutting-edge evidence into simple messages on how to reduce dementia risk at any age. This free resource is available in Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese, Greek, Tamil, Arabic and English.

NARI invites members of these language-speaking communities in Australia and overseas to participate in an online evaluation to help find out how effective the animation is in showing people how to reduce their risk of dementia. Click HERE to learn more about the evaluation, watch the animation, and complete the survey. 


Children’s Health Queensland has produced Birdie and the Flood, a tailored story for children recovering from floods. 

It rains so much, Birdie and Mr Frog have to get away from the rising water. A story for young children about recovering from floods. 
Also available in: French, Kinyarwanda, Karen, Sango, Somali, Kiswahili, German and Greek

Education Opportunities

Working with Cultural Diversity 

Upcoming Multicultural Australia training opportunities include:

A day cultural capability training in both Brisbane and Toowoomba 
  • Monday 4 April 2022, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Brisbane. Register here
  • Tuesday 10 May 2022, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Toowoomba. Register here
  • Thursday 26 May 2022, 9:00am to 4:00pm, Brisbane. Register here
A new virtual workshop, Refugee and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women's Experiences of Domestic and Family Violence

More information about these training sessions here.

World Liver Day - Education Webinars

1 in 4 Queenslanders have liver disease and this number is rising. To help improve liver health for all Queenslanders, Hepatitis Queensland is hosting a series of online workshops to enhance liver knowledge for the general public and the health professionals. Register now via the links below.

Community workshop - Let's talk about...liver health
19th April, 6.30pm to 8pm
Online - Register here

Workforce workshop - What's new in liver health for your patients
21st April, 12pm-1.30pm
Online - Register here


Encampment of Refugees in Kenya and the Failure of Economic Integration (2021) - John Bosco Ngendakurio – Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 20 (2021) 529–550
Epidemiology of hearing health in the refugee population in Logan, Queensland Australia. Sally Bourne, Associate Professor Wayne J. Wilson, Logan Hospital – Metro South, Queensland Health, Meadowbrook, Australia. The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia. Read the abstract here.

See the Plain English pictorial fact about Your hearing test appointment

Community Opportunities

Soccer Stars - Vinnies Queensland 

Soccer Stars is a Vinnies QLD free recreational sport program where children can play Soccer whilst having fun and keeping active. Creating friendships through sport, Soccer Stars sessions are coordinated by friendly volunteers who provide plenty of enthusiasm and encouragement to all children.

Harmony Week celebrated 21-27 March 2022

Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate our vibrant cultural diversity, Australian values of inclusion and respect, and to promote the theme ‘Everyone Belongs’. The Australian Government leads and supports celebrations for Harmony Week.

The Harmony Week website contains all the information you need to plan, promote or attend an event.

Free Project Planning for Grant Writing workshop for multicultural organisations

ECCQ are offering In this full day workshop, to learn the basic elements of project design and planning and building on this foundation, you will have the opportunity to undertake hands-on exercises focused on preparing a grant application. 

Register your attendance here by Thursday, 24 March.

Date: Saturday 26 March 2022
Time: 8:30 arrival for a 9am start – 4pm

Venue: The Greek Club
29 Edmondstone Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

For more information, email

National Women's Health Survey

Jean Hailes' annual survey explores how women obtain information about their health to identify difficulties in finding health information that women may have.

And this year, Ethnolink and Jean Hailes have worked together to make the survey available in 3 other languages — Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Arabic. 

If you are 18+ years old, identify as a woman and live in Australia, please consider taking 10 minutes to respond to this survey, and support yourself and other women in Australia in leading healthier lives. Take the survey.

Ipswich Young Leader Program

Ipswich City Council and Bop Industries have come together and developed a new and exciting program ‘Ipswich Young Leader Program’.
This program is run by young people, for young people and has been designed to inspire and empower young people within the Ipswich Local Government Area (LGA).
The Ipswich Young Leaders Program is free to attend for high school-aged students. More information

Questions? Contact Bop Industries

Bits n' Pieces

Targeted Assistance for Afghans working and studying in Australia

HOST International is currently providing targeted assistance to assist with making the transition to work and study in Australia.

They are currently accepting referrals for the program via this form. If you would like to participate in this program or know someone who would be eligible then please fill out the form.
They are also seeking applications for Professional Mentors from all professional backgrounds in all States and Territories, via the form below. Once your application is received HOSTs Mentor Coordinator will make a time to meet you online to discuss your involvement.​ 

Applications open for the Interpreter Training Boost program

The Interpreter Training Boost (ITB) program has been established to provide new job opportunities for Queensland interpreters in priority languages and better communication outcomes for multicultural communities.
The ITB program seeks to:
  • Provide scholarships to support at least 100 and up to 120 people to undertake National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) endorsed training to become certified to work as an Interpreter in priority languages.
  • Support the effective implementation of the Queensland Government Language Services Policy.
  • Contribute to implementing the principles of the Multicultural Queensland Charter, including ensuring equitable access to the services provided or funded by the Government for all people of Queensland, through an adequate supply in the interpreting workforce.
Applications are now open for scholarship opportunities to complete the Interpreter Training Boost program.
Applications close at 5.00pm Monday, 21 March 2022.
For more information and to apply, visit

QPASTT's 2020/2021 Impact Report is now available

In 2020/2021, QPASTT supported over 6,200 people to heal, belong and thrive here in Queensland.
Download it now to find out what we did to support people from refugee backgrounds to live lives liberated from the harms of torture and trauma.


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