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E-Newsletter Ed #67 - September, 2022
Latest News

COVID Updates

Mask mandate changes
Queensland will lift its mask mandate on public transport from Wednesday 21st September, 2022.
Read about it here.

COVID Testing and Treatments
New fact sheets in Plain English
Get free RATs (Rapid Antigen Tests)

From August 2022, you can get free Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) at Queensland Health RAT distribution points if you are eligible. this includes people seeking asylum in Queensland and recently arrived from Ukraine.
More information here.

COVID-19 Translated Resources Pack
Developed by the Federal Department of Health and Aged Care updated COVID-19 information in your language
Share these resources with your networks and community!
Download the pack or view online here

CALD COVID Health Engagement Project (CCHEP) 
  • CCHEP continues to work with communities in various community led initiatives across QLD
  • Following the recent announcement from QH on the free RAT kits for various groups, CCHEP has been working with stakeholders to facilitate access to these free RAT kits at various touchpoints in the community
  • CCHEP together with partners have contracted QUT to conduct an evaluation of the reciprocal engagement approach of working with and supporting CALD communities during the pandemic. Data collection is ongoing; this process also includes trained bicultural workers who are peer researchers in this evaluation
  • CCHEP is also in the process of development of a CALD communities engagement framework based on the learnings from COVID
  • Updated version - Qld Health 'Living with COVID' slide deck and script
Read More about CCHEP

Toolkit for young people interested in research and co-research

A toolkit was developed by young people, researchers and partners of the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS), including MYAN’s Victorian partner organization CMY. It was identified as one key way to build effective youth participation in research about the issues that impact young people’s lives.
Download the Toolkit

National Accrediation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) News

Read the recent news from NAATI about Recertification Workshops, Webinar series and industry news for interpreters. 
Read the NAATI news here
Resources for Clinicians

Refugee Health Assessment - Translated into Ukrainian

HEALTH ASSESSMENT ON ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA – Information for Ukrainian arrivals (786 visa holders) can be give to paitents prior to completing the health assessment. For other updates for health professionals about Ukrainian arrivals see the Refugee Health Network Qld Ukraine page here.
Self-Efficacy as an Enabler of Settlement
The 'Self-Efficacy as an Enabler of Settlement' research report was officially launched on 31 August 2022. 

Register for the webinar on October 11th to learn more about how the concept of self-efficacy could be adopted by providers in their service delivery.

Read the Report
Translated Resources

5 Questions you should consider asking your doctor 

Use these 5 questions to ask your doctor or other healthcare provider to make sure you end up with the right amount of care — not too much and not too little.
  • Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure?
  • What are the risks?
  • Are there simpler, safer options?
  • What happens if I don't do anything?
  • What are the costs?
See the English resources here.
See Translated Questions

New Multicultural Advance Care Planning video series  

A new series of new captioned videos featuring Vietnamese, Arabic and Turkish community members talk about their own advance care planning experiences. 

The videos are funded by COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN – and are a collaboration with Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra (MCCI) and Beyond Empathy with ACPA’s support.  

Build your understanding of cultural sensitivities with these new videos
Access other translated resources in 18 languages 
Upcoming Training

Diversity Webinar Series for 2022

The online Diversity Webinar series aims to engage staff working within the aged care sector in Australia with skills and knowledge to work effectively with diverse older people, their families, carers and advocates. It involves a range of topics relevant to culturally safe and inclusive practice, and is designed in response to topics requested from staff working in the aged care sector in Australia.
More Information and Register for Training

Considerations for seeking clients’ disclosure of their LGBTIQ+ status & creating an inclusive service culture

This webinar provides an overview of the settlement journey through an LGBTIQ+ lens. It will provide practical tools to ensure equitable outcomes for LGBTIQ+ refugees.  

New Date! Please note this webinar has been rescheduled to 12 October AEDT
More Information and Register for Webinar

Culture and identity relevant health responses to domestic and family violence - 4 October 2022

New training is being offered as part of Brisbane South PHN's Recognise, Respond, Refer (RRR) program, focusing on responding to domestic and family violence (DFV) through a trauma-informed, culturally aware and intersectional lens. This is a RACGP 40 CPD point accredited activity for completion of all 4 sessions and activities. It is open to all general practice staff and it is possible to attend individual sessions. 
More Information and Register for Training
Community Opportunities

Vinnies Youth Programs - September 2022 Update

Programs available to young people across Brisbane. Including:
  • Soccer starts (aged 8-13 yrs)
  • Soccer Stars Holiday Program 
  • Buddies Day
  • Sense Youth Mentoring
Download information here.

If you would like more information about any of our youth programs, or you would like to refer a child, please contact Daniel Ingledew on 0409 836 237 or

Tips for travelling to and from Australia

Links and information for people leaving and entering Australia. Download the information here

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