Ed #59 (December, 2021)

In this issue

Resources for Clinicians
Translated Resources
Education Opportunities
Community Opportunities
Employment Opportunities 
Network News
Bits n Pieces


Multicultural Community Leaders Zoom Forum 

Refugee Health Network Qld and partners hosted the Multicultural Community Leaders Zoom Forum in November. Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Lynne McKinlay joined to answer questions about the opening of the Qld borders and changes to restrictions for unvaccinated people after the 17th December 2021.
  • Full video discussion with questions answered by Dr Lynne McKinlay (Deputy Chief Health Officer, Qld Health) – Multicultural Community Leaders Zoom Forum
  • Further answers to questions is available here
  • Full detail about the border plan for 70% , 80% and 90% vaccination is now available in 38 languages on the Queensland health Multicultural information page here

Getting Proof of your COVID-19 Vaccinations online 

If you're 14 or older, you need to get your own proof of COVID-19 vaccinations using either:  There are different ways you can show proof of your Covid-19 vaccinations:  You can print your own COVID-19 digital certificate or Immunisation history statement when you download your proof online. You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask to be sent your proof to you if you can't get proof online. It can take up to 14 days for your statement or certificate to arrive in the post. 

Milpera Mobile Vaccine Clinic 

Following on from the parent and student COVID vaccine information sessions delivered by the CALD COVID Health Engagement Project (CCHEP) at Milpera State High school, where Metro South Health also provided more information and assisted people to book their vaccination, the school then requested an outreach COVID 19 vaccination clinic at the school to ensure that those families could choose to get vaccinated at a place that they knew and trusted. CCHEP were able to link the school to World Wellness Group who provided an outreach clinic and vaccinated 36 people.
Jacki Howlett, Settlement and Inclusion Teacher at Milpera SHS was integral in organising the activities and noticed that families felt more informed about the COVID 19 vaccine after the information sessions and felt very supported by World Wellness Group to get the vaccine. One of the nurses vaccinating was an ex Milpera student, who was an amazing role model for the students.

COVID-19 Vaccines with Mater Team 

The Mater CALD Primary Care Vaccine Roll-out project funded by Brisbane South PHN has commenced. This project is working across 8 practices in Brisbane South and North plus the Mater Complex Care Clinic (MRCCC).

The Pfizer vaccine is available at MRCCC on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Download the FLYER for more information.

For more information about the Project contact Mater Refugee Health (07) 3163 2880.
Administration and Nursing Team - Elaf Alshoni, Shamshad Osman, Yordanos Mebrahtu, Sediqa Karimi, Rakieb Woldai, Lal Kilung, Yasien Irfan

Resources for Clinicians

Clinical Guidelines updated

The Fact sheet Recommended pathology Investigations for Refugee arrivals has been updated by the Refugee Primary Health Care Clinical Advisory Group QLD auspiced through the Refugee Health Network Qld, Brisbane South PHN and Brisbane North PHN. They can be found here

Handbook of Refugee Health: For Healthcare Professionals and Humanitarians Providing Care to Forced Migrants

This book offers a unique perspective on refugee health, combining both in-depth chapters on public health responses to forced migration, as well as being a clinical handbook. Beyond biomedical frameworks, it draws on socio-ecological models to inform assessments and integrated models of care to improve health and health equity.

The book is available to pre-order here
There is currently an offer for a 20% discount with the CODE: ESBAC

Launch of “Refugee and migrant health: Global Competency Standards for health workers”

Click here to register for the “WHO Global Competency Standards for Refugee and Migrant Health Services– Strengthening the health workforce to provide quality health services to refugees and migrants” on 16 December from 14:00 to 15:00 CET.
For more information, visit here

Translated Resources for Patients

Translated resources - Queensland reaches 80% vaccination

Qld health have translated the border opening what you can and cant do if you are vaccinated or not into 38 languages.
Click here to see the translated versions.
English Version can be found here

COVID Vaccine Video for PNG community in Tok Pisin

This video for the PNG community was developed with Queensland Health, as part of the CALD COVID Health Engagement Project.
Special thanks to Queensland Health, Nundah Community Enterprises Cooperative and Mater.

COVID-19 Vaccines Information Kit - In Language

These information kits in language contain a number of communication resources to help meet the COVID-19 vaccine information needs of the community.
Click here to access resource in language 

New videos about sepsis in language

Centre for Children’s Health Research in partnership with Children's Health Qld and input form Mater Refugee Health Consultants have developed a number of videos and posters for parents asking Do you know the signs of sepsis in babies and children?

Click on the links below to view the resources.

Pictorial and Translated Anaphylaxis Resources   

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) have developed a pictorial version of the ASCIA First Aid Plan for Anaphylaxis, which can assist people with limited reading ability. Translated versions of the plan and other anaphylaxis resources are also available here.

Education Opportunities 

FECCA 2022: Advancing Multicultural Australia  

FECCA 2022: Advancing Multicultural Australia is the premier conference on multiculturalism, diversity & inclusion, and migration. The conference will host multicultural communities, policy makers, service providers, academics and many more, over two big days of interesting presentations, speakers and topics.
Co-hosted by The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), and the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)

Register now here: Registration — FECCA 2022


Overview of experiences of CALD people with disability

The Disability Royal Commission has published an overview of responses to the Experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability issues paper. Submissions in response to the issues paper can be accessed here

QACC Mental Health Report

Queensland African Communities Council have released a study which aims to improve the understanding of factors contributing to the African community’s accessibility to MHAOD services.

Click here to read full report

Red Cross Report 

Australian Red Cross have launched their report: Emergency Resilience in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities, highlighting the outcomes and findings of a recent community engagement and research project.

Click here to read full report

CALD Youth Report - Monash University

This project sought to examine digital communication and engagement with a focus on CALD young people and the key organisations in Victoria working with them. 
Click here to read the report: Executive summary Co-designing and scaling effective COVID-19 communication strategies for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria.

Community Opportunities 

Celebrating Multicultural Queensland Project Funding 

The 2021-22 Celebrating Multicultural Queensland program’s project funding round is for two project categories:

Category 1 – Economic and Social Participation Projects
Category 2 – Youth and Community Connection Projects

Please read the 2021-22 Funding Guidelines for Multicultural Projects for applicant eligibility and funding requirements. To view the guidelines and information on how to apply, visit here
All funding applications are to be submitted by 11.59pm, Friday 10 December 2021.

National Anti-Racism Framework submissions extended 

The Australian Human Rights Commission is extending the deadline for the National Anti-Racism Framework submissions process to 4 February 2022. We would like to invite you to make a submission, if you have not already done so, through the Commission’s ‘Have your say’ portal.

An easy-read overview with accessible information on the submissions process is also available on the submissions portal.

Speak Now: Forced Marriage Education & Prevention Project 

Invitation to participate in Speak Now, a forced marriage education and prevention project. Click here to download flyer 

Brisbane and Gold Coast residents with disability receive help to join the NDIS

Eligible Queenslanders with disability located in the South East can now receive extra support to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) through a specialist Disability Connect and Outreach Program (DCOP).

To find out more, visit here

Employment Opportunities 

Recruitment GPs - Mater Refugee Health Services

Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic (MRCCC) is offering opportunities for General Practitioners to join a supportive group of health professionals on a sessional basis at our not-for-profit clinic based at Mater Hospital South Brisbane.
For more information, visit here

Vacancies at RAILS for Afghan response work. Applications due Monday 13th December

RAILS is recruiting a receptionist as well as a team to meet the legal needs that have emerged from the recent crisis in Afghanistan. The following roles are available within RAILS

  • Afghan Response Coordinator (lawyer) (Afghan response)
  • Lawyer (Afghan response)
  • Paralegal (Afghan response)
  • Receptionist (whole of RAILS)

Visit here for information on how to apply.

Multicultural GP EOI for Vaccine Information sessions 

Brisbane South PHN are seeking GPs to deliver COVID-19 vaccination information sessions for multicultural community groups by 31 March 2022.  Please see Expression of Interest for more information or contact the Multicultural Health Team on 3864 7580.

Program Manager Culture in Mind - World Wellness Group

Vacancy for position as a full time Program Manager World Wellness Group. Position available for 12 months. The closing date is by COB  13th December 2021. 
Click here to view position description 

Network News

Office Closure over holiday period

The Refugee Health Network Queensland office based at Mater Refugee Health will be closed from 23rd December until 4th January.  If you need urgent assistance during this time, please contact:
  • 13 Health 13 43 25 84 Open 24/7 for Confidential health advice from a registered nurse
  • Community recovery hotline 1800 173 349 for support for Queenslanders in home quarantine through Non-contact delivery of essential food and medication, Social and emotional support for those self-isolating
  • Multicultural Connect Line 1300 079 020 for support and information to find aid, assistance and mental health services in your language if you have been affected by COVID-19
  • 134 COVID 13 42 68 for information on Queensland hotspots, Border passes, Restrictions, Vaccinations and Testing

Bits n Pieces 

Support Rohingya Children Back to School 

This fundraising campaign will provide scholarships to 100  Rohingya refugee children in Kuala Lumpur to access basic education. More details of the scholarship program are available on the campaign page. For more information and to donate
please click here 

Romero Centre Christmas Appeal

This Christmas season, Romero Centre are calling on you to reach out and help reignite hope for people seeking asylum through Romero's Christmas appeal.
You can donate here

What you need to know about Omicron- Video by Professor Paul Griffin 

COVID-19 Vaccines - What's Your Why

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network have launched a campaign #Whatsyourwhy. This Campaign has been developed by MYAN's Youth Reference Group on Covid-19 vaccines. 
Click here to watch 
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