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Diabetes workshops for communities from refugee backgrounds

Diabetes Queensland partnered with Mater Refugee Health Advisory representatives to deliver two workshops in February this year about preventing and managing diabetes.
One group was from Myanmar and met at ACCESS Community Services. A different session was held with the Somali Women’s Association Qld at the Holland Park Mosque hall.
Topics included what diabetes is and the different types, what are the signs and symptoms, what causes diabetes and how type 2 diabetes can be prevented and managed.
The workshops were well attended with more than 30 participants at each session.
People who attended gave extremely positive feedback as the presentations were pictorial and interpreters were engaged.
If you would like to know more about a diabetes information session for CALD communities, ring Diabetes Queensland on 1800 177 055 or email

Meet Dr Rachel Claydon - Refugee Health Fellow/GP

Refugee Health Fellow, Dr Rachel Claydon started at the Mater Hospital at the beginning of 2018. We caught up with Dr Claydon and asked her the following questions.
What were you doing before taking this position as Refugee Health Fellow?
I have been working as a GP in General Practice since finishing my training in 2003. I first worked in refugee health in the original QIRCH clinic at the Mater (now called the Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic) in 2004. I also spent time working as a GP at the Mater Children’s Emergency Department and taught medical students at the University of Queensland.  Over the past few years I have also been fortunate to work in Vanuatu.
What was the reason for choosing refugee health as a specialty?
I really enjoy and value working with people of different cultures and backgrounds and as a Doctor I believe strongly that all people should have equal access to medical care especially the most vulnerable.

What are your responsibilities in the Refugee Health Fellow role?
The position is funded by St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane for one day a week and I support the work of the Refugee Health Network of Queensland. That means I do a range of things such as providing clinical advice and support to Clinicians and other services working with people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. I also chair the Refugee Primary Health Care Clinical Advisory Group  Qld (Refugee CAG) which aims to facilitate a coordinated response to the refugee health needs in Queensland. I contribute to clinical education, advocacy regarding refugee health issues and advice when guidelines are being created or revised. I particularly enjoy providing support to Clinicians to advise about refugee health, so am happy to be contacted.
What are your interests / hobbies outside of work?
I love travelling and attempting to develop my garden. I have 2 daughters that keep me busy and I also work as a GP in Manly.

Availability and Contact:
Dr Claydon is available Wednesdays
Telephone: (07) 3163 2879


LGBTIQ Resource for Clinicians

Intersect is a comprehensive website with Resources and Learning modules covering the following topics: Lets talk about sexual and gender diverse identities, faith and ethnicity. Go to website here

Multilingual Disability Hub

The Multilingual Disability Hub is a national multilingual hotline and website that provides information in-language on disability and the NDIS. The Hotline is operated by trained bilingual Hotline Specialists who can answer questions in-language about disability, the NDIS and direct callers to service providers who can support people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Download the Poster containing hotline numbers in multiple languages HERE.
See the Hub information here.

Referral Points in the Logan area

Logan East Community Neighbourhood Centre have developed a comprehensive list of referral points for refugees and asylum seekers in the Logan area - Open it here.


Victorian Transcultural mental health have developed an online resource created  by practitioners for practitioners. It  is designed to stimulate diversity awareness in your conversations and reflections on creating culturally responsive mental health systems. See more here.

Interpreting and Translation News

NAATI News is a good resource for information around NAATI, the industry and the profession.  The current edition details a number of items including the NAATI Industry Development Fund, and can be found here

If you are interested in subscribing you can use the sign-up form 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

Have you seen the Oral Health Fact Sheets (Translated by Queensland Health)?

How to keep your teeth healthy.

Metro South Health Nutrition Resources

Healthy drinks and healthy lunchbox videos can be found here.

Education Opportunities

Education Event - child sexual abuse and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities

Delivered by Dr Pooja Sawrikar from the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University.
Brisbane: Monday 25 March 2019, 8.30-1pm, The Ship Inn at Southbank
Click here for more info and to register.

Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference

An overwhelming response was received from the Call for Abstracts which reflected the conference theme, Healing in Exile – Current and Future Challenges. Under this theme, speakers will explore the most innovative and successful initiatives that enable people from refugee backgrounds to recover from torture and other traumatic events and resettle in their new context. The voices of people from refugee backgrounds will be central to the conference. More information and register here.

Upcoming Events

Migrant Women to the Front - On tomorrow!

The Culturally Responsive Health team at True are co-hosting an exciting event with The One Woman Project on February 14th in West End, Brisbane: Migrant Women to the Front: A panel on sexual health and relationships. Download more information here.

The Department of Human Services Queensland Multicultural Advisory Forum (MAF)

Theme:  Settlement Support
Date:  Thursday, 21st February 2019
Time: 9:30am to 12.30pm
Venue:  Level 1 Training Rooms, Suncorp Building, 143 Turbot Street, Brisbane. 
Please note:  Pedestrian entrance into 143 Turbot Street is via Albert Street, next to Albert Uniting Church
To assist with catering, please email to attend.
Download the Agenda for the Forum here.

Harmony Day - March 21st 2019

Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Read more about it or find an event near you on their website.

Migration, Health and Wellbeing Conference - Call for papers

The two-day Migration, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Otago (NZ) is calling for papers. Due 1 June 2019.

Latest Research

Polio Australia needs YOUR help!

Polio Australia is really keen to understand more about Polio survivors living in Australia who come from refugee and migrant backgrounds as their needs may differ from those whom the organisation has traditionally developed services for. Polio survivors of a refugee background are likely to be younger and have complex needs relating to their linguistic and cultural background which may affect their ability to access and engage with the current programs offered by Polio Australia. If you work with clients who are Polio survivors of refugee background, Polio Australia would appreciate you taking a couple of minutes to complete their online survey. 

Skeletal fluorosis in a resettled refugee from Kakuma refugee camp - , , , , et al. Published: January 19, 2019.
Read it here.

Network News

Prepared by: Refugee Health Partnership Advisory Group Qld (RH-PAGQ) and Refugee Health Network Qld  (15 January 2019)  Read our Submission to the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Review into integration, employment and settlement outcomes for refugees and humanitarian entrants.

Our thoughts are with our partners and families in Townsville at this time. If you would like to donate to Townsville residents affected by the floods click here.

From the Regions


Healthy New Communities Project

Read about the Project  and upcoming events in Logan that focus on eating healthy traditional and new foods and on fun ways to keep physically active HERE.

Learning to Swim Program - The Aqua English Project is an initiative of the Logan Community Health action Plan and is delivered by the Healthy New Communities Program in partnership with Aqua English.
Watch the video 'Eddie learns to swim' here.

Healthy drinks and healthy lunchbox videos can be found here.

Gold Coast

Cultural Advantage

Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC) is inviting services or business to take part in a Cultural Advantage project for 2019. As part of Cultural Advantage MCCGC will do a formal strengths, gaps, capabilities and readiness review and provide face to face support over a one year pilot project. Contact Troy at MCCGC:

Join Cultural Advantage, to be eligible for free training on:
  • Working with interpreters
  • Cross cultural communication
  • Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Supporting Volunteers from CALD backgrounds
  • Dealing with Conflict and Racism in the workplace
  • Marketing your organisation to our diverse Gold Coast Community

Brisbane North

ECCQ Chronic Disease Program

A trained Multicultural Health Worker who speaks your language works with you over 3 sessions in Chronic Disease self –management. Currently working in the following communities:

Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA) Update

10 years of RHeaNA will be celebrated at the FASSTT Conference in Brisbane this year (March 27 - 29). More information coming soon.

Refugee Health Nurse News

Refugee Health Nurse Forum - 26th March 2019

If you haven't yet registered for the RNA National Forum in Brisbane which will happen on 26th March, 2019 -  you can get more info and do so via this link

The afternoon workshops on the day will give members an opportunity to contribute to the development of the novice to advanced practitioner framework for Refugee Health Nursing in Australia.


Bits n Pieces

BrisAsia Festival

showcases traditional and contemporary Asian arts and cultural events. From 9 February - 3 March 2019 enjoy events across the city and in the suburbs. More here.

Get Started sport and recreation vouchers for children

The program helps to get kids involved in sports by providing vouchers of up to $150 for eligible families. 
Find out how to apply here.

Uncertain detention

This Man Who Doesn't Know Where He Was Born Has Now Spent 9 Years In Immigration Detention

Read about him here.

Using Google Translate

Read about the risks of Google translate in medical settings here.

Where Australia's immigrants were born: Brisbane

SBS has developed a map to reveal the top three birthplaces for immigrants in suburbs and towns across Australia. The map is based on Australian Bureau of Statistics – 2011 Census. See the map

The Promised Land

Correspondent Eric Tlozek first met Amir and Imran on Manus Island more than 18 months ago. He follows them from behind the wire to their new lives in North America - a detailed account of life for Manus refugees. Watch 'The Promised Land' on Foreign Correspondent here.

Nominate for the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council

The Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs is seeking nominations for members of the Multicultural Queensland Advisory Council (the Council) for a three-year term commencing on 1 August 2019. More information and to apply here.
This E-Newsletter provides a regular forum to share news, resources and information to support practitioners, build capacity and partnerships to improve the health and wellbeing of people from refugee backgrounds. 

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