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In this Issue #37 - Jan 2020


The Refugee Health and Wellbeing Policy and Action Plan for Qld (2017-2020) is being evaluated

Tell us what you think! 
This is your chance to have your say and impact on refugee health in Queensland in the future!

Adjunct Associate Professor Ignacio Correa-Velez from the School of Public Health and Social Work, QUT is overseeing the final evaluation to examine the effectiveness of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing :A policy and action plan for Queensland 2017 – 2020.

As you are a member of the Refugee Health Network Qld, receiving this E Newsletter, QUT are keen to hear your thoughts.

The evaluation will take into account  whether the policy has enabled five key principles which underpin the Refugee Health and Well Being Policy, including:
•    Collaboration and partnerships
•    Cultural Responsiveness
•    Consumer and Community voice
•    Continuous Improvement
•    Clinical excellence

Your views will help to assess the impact of the introduction of the policy and action plan on the health experience of people from refugee backgrounds settling in Queensland.

Your views will also help:  
o    To identify current barriers and enablers to access health services for people from refugee backgrounds; and
o    To develop recommendations for future policy development and service improvements.

The survey includes 21 questions and will take 5 - 10 minutes to complete. The survey closes February 29th, 2020.


OR direct link:  
Thanks in advance for taking the time to be a part of impacting positively on refugee health in Queensland!

Interested in the Baseline Evaluation? 
Check out the summary here or read the full report here.

Forum on Domestic and Family Violence in CALD Communities, Brisbane

January 22, 2020, Brisbane: The Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, alongside the Hon. Stirling Hinchcliffe, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, held a forum to discuss the issue of domestic and family violence in CALD communities.

The forum was a chance for domestic violence, legal, health and CALD community service providers to voice their concerns and possible solutions. Key Network members were in attendance including Refugee Health Network Queensland, Mater Refugee Health, and the Romero Centre to advocate for refugee and asylum seekers who have experienced family and domestic violence. 

The  innovative solutions provided to the Minister will help the Queensland Government to continue to create change, and stop domestic violence in our communities.  

Education session for Primary care -  VIEW IT NOW ONLINE

This education session for clinicians was held in May 2019 and was recorded for your viewing. It covered the following areas:
  • Considerations when caring for patients from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with a disability
  • How to assist patients of CALD background to access and participate in the NDIS
  • Key resources available to support CALD patients and families with NDIS
  • Best practice processes that can facilitate culturally safe care.
Watch it here:

HepReach Inala Primary Care  

A new clinical-outreach service providing care for Hepatitis B and C within the local community.

Did you know that only an estimated 17% of patients living with Hepatitis B are accessing appropriate care in Australia? This reflects a major gap in both the uptake of testing to diagnose Hepatitis B and the uptake of monitoring and treatment of chronic Hepatitis B. Likewise, despite the availability of safe and effective Hepatitis C cure, significant barriers to care mean there are many still living with undiagnosed and untreated hepatitis.

Hepreach Inala is a partnership between Mater Hospital Brisbane and Inala Primary Care, and aims to reduce some of these barriers to treatment for viral hepatitis by providing access to an integrated team of practitioners (GP, specialist Nurse-Practitioner and Hepatologist) in an easily accessible community setting. However as this is a tailored service for liver related illness patients remain under the referring GP’s care as their primary practitioner. Referrals can be sent to Mater Online or fax  07 31638213, with attention: Hepreach Outreach. 

Resources for Clinicians

Free Interpreting Service for private medical practitioners (TIS) - Updated information

The Free Interpreting Service aims to provide equitable access to key services for people with limited or no English language proficiency. 

Private medical practitioners can access the Free Interpreting Service to provide Medicare rebateable services to anyone in Australia who has a Medicare card. Read the new updates from TIS here.

PrEP Facts - a tablet that taken once daily can stop you from getting HIV

An excellent resource for clinicians: videos and clear concise information helping patients to understand the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and HIV. Find the resources here.

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

Cancer Screening Programs Information

Please see link here to a new, simplified resource on all 3 cancer screening programs, all on one page, designed for indigenous and CALD community members (15 languages). From Cancer Institute NSW. Useful for all refugee women over 25 and refugee men over 50 (if literate).

Translink website has translated travel information in a number of different languages, many of which our clients speak. The translated information is about tickets, fares, Translink services, and calling for help. This is in Dari, Farsi, Nepali, Kiswahili, Arabic, Amharic, Hindi, and Vietnamese (and other languages). You can find the information at the very bottom of the Translink website.

People can also call and be connected on a three-way with an interpret to get travel information if they are lost or need more information. Call Translink on 13 12 30, ask for an interpreter by saying name of language.

Education Opportunities

"Sorry, I don't understand..." A Workshop for Service Providers on Engaging and Working with Interpreters

  • How, when and why to engage an interpreter
  • Overcoming barriers
  • Pratical tips
  • Sharing experiences 
WHEN: Wednesday 5 February 2020
TIME: 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Lunch with 1:00PM start)
WHERE: ECCQ Gumbaya Room, 253 Boumdary Street,  West End 4101
RSVP: 31ST January 2020 to Kirsty Lekkas email:
More details can be found here.

LGBTIQ+ Relationships: Voices from Diverse Communities

Join True Relationships and Reproductive Health and the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (formally Queensland AIDS Council) for an evening platforming the voices and experiences of people who are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and from migrant and refugee backgrounds as well as sexuality and/or gender diverse (LGBTIQ+). A panel and short performances will centre conversations on relationships, domestic and family violence, and sexual health. An event for service providers and all community members – all welcome. Catering provided. Registration is essential.

WHEN:  6 - 9 PM, Thursday 6 February 2020   
WHERE: The Brisbane Multicultural Centre, 28 Dibley Street, Woolloongabba      
RSVP:    Please register here       
More info here

Refugee Alternatives Conference 2020

Refugee Council of Australia and QUT present an action-packed conference week with speakers and delegates joining us from across Australia, with priority given to speakers from refugee backgrounds.
WHEN:       13–14 February 2020 
WHERE:    QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane
Information and Registration: Register here

Advancing Community Cohesion Conference 2020

The Way Forward on 10 -13 February 2020.

The Conference will provide leaders with the opportunity to discuss challenges confronting social cohesion and community resilience and explore ways to more effectively address them by considering social, economic, cultural, legal, religious, and sexual/gender identity dimensions and perspectives.

Please note there also remains some reduced fee opportunities for representatives of non-government organisations to attend. Click here to visit the website and apply.

Mental Health Professionals Network
Mental Illness, terrorism and grievance-fuelled violence: understanding the nexus

Register now for this webinar which aims to understand and recognise the non-causal link between mental illness and extremist ideology and identify the necessary steps to take if you are concerned a client may be tending toward radicalising to violence or on a pathway to grievance-fuelled violence.  

Webinar Details
Date: Tuesday 18 February 2020
Time: 6.15 pm (QLD time) 
Duration: 75 minutes
Questions? Email us or call 1800 209 031 

Is FGM/C Happening in Australia? What Health Professionals Need to Know:

19 November 2019 Webinar now available from the Multicultural Centre For Women’s Health.
Watch it here.

Professional Development: Trauma Training

  • Want to be more trauma-informed? 
  • Do you want to learn how to stay safe and well when working in the trauma field? 
  • Need tools for your clinical work with complex trauma clients?  
Blue Knot Foundation provides education to services about complex trauma, which is more the type of trauma our patient population experience.

Want to know more? Click here to submit an online enquiry form.


A short CPD module, designed for both interpreters and practitioners who engage them, to help enhance ethical practice developed by Dr Pooja Sawrikar, Senior Lecturer,School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University. This professional development course is for counsellors, social workers, psychologists, GPs, psychiatrists, interpreters, researchers, program trainers, and policy developers working in sexual assault, child protection, and/or multicultural affairs. More information here

Healthy Kids

The Healthy Kids Project offers free health professional development for the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector.

Coordinated by the Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing, Children’s Health Queensland, the project aims to bring together local early childhood education and care (ECEC) educators and other key partners to engage in free face-to-face health-content professional development (PD) that complements the early years learning framework (EYLF) and National Quality Framework (NQF).

The Healthy Kids events are being delivered in the following communities:
Townsville, Caboolture, Lockyer Valley and Somerset, South Burnett, Ipswich, Logan, Roma, Charleville, Cunnamulla, St George.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the Healthy Kids Project, please contact

Community Opportunities

Balance Project at Redbank Plains Community Centre

A six week program for ages 11 - 18 years, with hands-on learning about nutrition, cooking and free exercise.
4:00PM - 5:30PM, Wednesdays 12 February to 15 March 2020.

Places are limited. Book your spot today! Contact:

Certificate 3 in Automotive Vocational Preparation - Logan

MultiLink in co-operation with the MTA Institute (RTO31529) and with support from Youth Education Preparation Program (YEPP) are offering an innovative “Get Set for Work” 15 week full time program.

The program includes AUR 20716 Certificate II Automotive Vocational Preparation and many extras including First Aid, Resume and Interview skills training, work experience placement, driving license support, and a leadership camp: all designed to provide participants with a supportive Motor Trades career pathway and employment or apprenticeship outcome.

ELIGIBILITY: 15-19 years old, No longer enrolled in school, culturally diverse, Australian resident or a temporary resident with work permit, New Zealand citizen or unemployed and on Centrelink payment for at least 6 months.

Click here for more details and contact information.

Latest Research

Refugee Health Research in Australia

The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne Immigrant Health Service has a webpage intended as a clearing house for refugee health research in Australia. Information available in the published peer reviewed literature has been compiled, and links to the relevant PubMed or ERIC abstract are shown. 

From the Regions


Healthy New Communities Project, Logan

The Healthy New Communities Project update and newsletter has highlighted a range of positive community activities in the Metro South - Logan region. 

Highlights include:
- Elm Park Community Garden Celebration
- Achievements in physical activity options for community members
- Nutrition Education and resources
- Food gardening education and activites

Read the Newsletter here and to find out about more activities and events being held in the area. 

Bits n Pieces

Scholarships for Women 

The Centre for Women & Co.’s want to give all women the chance to empower and improve their lives. Scholarships for 2020 include up to $2500 of funding to be put towards:
  • Business Start-up
  • Capital Purchase
  • Education and Training
  • Nominating a Friend
Click here for more details.

Zaynal Hawa: My Story 

TAFE Queensland and Moreton Bay Regional Council present the story of Zaynal Hawa, an esteemed member of the Group of 11 Refugee Health Community Advisers (G11). The former TAFE Queensland AMEP student, Zaynal shares his journey of coming to Australia and what it was like growing up in Baghdad, Iraq. This incredible story was captured as part of an oral history project run by the Moreton Bay Regional Council. Watch the video here.

Red Cross Photos of the Year 2019

Experience the work that Red Cross performs in Australia and throughout the world through their 24 favourite photos of 2019 gallery.
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