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E-Newsletter Ed #66 - August, 2022
Latest News

State-wide Multicultural Community Leaders Meeting

Zoom with Queensland’s Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Lynne McKinlay
6:00pm to 7:30pm - Thursday 18th August 2022

The CALD COVID-19 Health Engagement Project (CCHEP) is a partnership initiative supported by partner organisations and CALD communities and managed by the Refugee Health Network Qld. CCHEP and Dr Lynne McKinlay would like to invite Multicultural community leaders to attend a meeting to discuss living with COVID-19 and the state of the pandemic in Queensland. Queensland Health will be available to respond to questions about COVID including “What to do if I get COVID 19?” and clarify public health advice.

Download the Zoom log in details here.

COVID Updates

The July edition of the COVID-19 Multicultural information pack, developed by the Department of Health and Aged Care is now available. This pack contains in-language resources, including video, audio files, social media tiles and fact sheets, about:
  • fourth COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • oral COVID-19 treatments
  • pregnancy, breastfeeding and COVID-19 vaccines
  • how to stay protected from influenza and COVID-19 this winter
  • vaccinating children aged 5 years and older against COVID-19. 
Download the PACK here.

Other new videos (in English):
  • Long COVID and Oral COVID Medication - Dr Paul Griffin, Director of Infectious Diseases, Mater Hospital. 
  • Winter Wellness - Dr Paul Griffin, Director of Infectious Diseases, Mater Hospital. With the EKKA weekend approaching, this is a timely reminder about how you can stay safe from influenza and COVID-19. 
  • Oral COVID-19 treatments are now available. They need to be taken soon after testing positive. To find out if you’re eligible talk to your GP or click here. Watch this Facebook video from Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer to learn more.  Translated information on oral COVID-19 treatments is also available in over 60 languages.

CALD COVID Health Engagement Project (CCHEP) Updates 
  • Latest CCHEP news here.
  • Updated version - Qld Health 'Living with COVID' slide deck and script
Read More about CCHEP

Brisbane Mental Health Expo

‘Brisbane Mental Health Expo’ returning for its 12th year! The Expo has grown, moved, and evolved greatly into, what is now, a feature calendar event during mental health week.
  • Theme: Awareness, Belonging & Connection in overcoming Loneliness
  • Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm
  • Date: Friday 14th October
  • Venue: The Plaza, Brisbane Powerhouse New Farm
The theme for Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) in 2022 is 'Awareness, Belonging, Connection', reflecting the important factors that help people maintain positive mental health and wellbeing.

Download the Expo Artist EOI
Download Stall Holder EOI

EOIs due by 31st August.

Community champions cultural cooking at the hubs

The Healthy New Communities program (Metro South Health) is supporting a Cultural Cooking Program being delivered across hubs in Logan. Inspired by the success of the initial program at St Pauls Catholic Primary School, hubs at Woodridge North and Woodridge State School have also adopted the program.
The program is delivered by two trained community champions at each hub who organise and lead the program, each week sharing and trying new recipes from different cultures.
The program provides opportunity for women of different cultures to increase their social connections, learn about food safety, healthy eating and cooking practices, gain confidence and practice skills.
The program is held at:
  • Monday  – St Pauls Catholic School hub
  • Tuesday – Woodridge State School hub
  • Thursday - Woodridge North State School hub
For more information contact the hubs Community Hubs - Access Community Services

Special Thanks Notice

Mater Refugee Health would like to say a big thank you to the All Things Hearing team and especially Audiologist Sue-Ann Maxwell who provided compassionate and comprehensive care to one of their patients.  Thank you so much!!
Resources for Clinicians
New Reports about Asylum Seekers
More information about Screening

Translated Resource -
'Collecting poop'

Translated pictorial fact sheets about How to take a stool sample (‘Collecting poop with pics‘) for health professionals to use with patients.

Guide for Social Workers launched
The second edition of the Guide for Social Workers was developed by a Steering Committee from NSW Refugee Health Service, AASW and  STARTTS can now be accessed online. 

Join the Social Work Refugee Practice group at Australian Association of SW. Being a member of AASW is not required.  Fill in the form to join the practice group:
Access the Guide

PhD Scholarship - Reducing the impact of Hep B 

If you are passionate about health economics and would like to use data to support policy and decision-making when deciding on a model of care, CQUniversity is offering a three year project based PhD opportunity in collaboration with the Australian Government Department of Health. 

Closing Date: 30 September 2022

More Information

‘Preventing and Responding to Family Violence: A Faith Leader’s Practice Guide and Toolkit'

A Victorian organisation called WIRE have recently launched ‘Preventing and Responding to Family Violence: A Faith Leader’s Practice Guide and Toolkit’. The toolkit draws on Australian and international research on the factors that cause and reinforce DFV in faith communities.
Read the Full Report

Free Translation services to aged care providers

With our CALD community aging and some considering to go to nursing homes it is important to ensure continued access to information in their language. LOTE agency provides free translation services to aged care providers who would like to translate aged care related information in to other languages. 
More Information

Racism. It Stops With Me Campaign

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism. It Stops With Me. Campaign provides tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about racism and take action to create change.
The website also hosts the Workplace Cultural Diversity Tool, a free, online, confidential self-assessment tool for organisations seeking to strengthen their approach to cultural diversity and anti-racism in the workplace.
Find out more and learn what you can do

ImmiAccount Relationship Cessation Form

A new form from DoHA in ImmiAccount for Partner visa applicants, or their representatives, to notify us that their relationship has ceased.
Access more information here.

More information about Domestic and Family Violence and your visa from DoHA
Translated Resources
Centacare Far North Queensland is working on  a three part  ‘Living with COVID’ video series. The first "In Your Language" series explains what to do if you get COVID-19 symptoms in ten local languages.
The ten local languages include: English, Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Burmese, Nepali, Japanese, Vietnamese, Urdu and Bahasa Indonesia and Ukrainian
You can view the messages on the Centacare Far North Queensland YouTube channel or Download the Poster to access the videos via the QR codes.

Please note the videos mention the Cairns virtual ward contact number as one service option, which is only specific to people living in the Cairns region.
Upcoming Events

'Our Journey' 

This year 'Our Journey' includes an incredible selection of music, dance, spoken word, food and craft stalls, as well the screening of the Academy award nominated animated documentary film 'Flee'. 
More information and register here.
Upcoming Training

Training and Skills Building 

Health Consumers Queensland is proud to support health staff to genuinely and respectfully partner with consumers and carers. In turn, we support consumers and carers to become effective advocates on behalf of past, present and future health service users.
More Information and Register for Training

New Elearning course on Prenatal Screening and Down syndrome 

Prenatal Screening and Down syndrome eLearning course that was kindly supported by the Australian College of Midwives.  It is a 1 hour FREE CPD activity for midwives, but also relevant for all healthcare professionals.  Instructions on how to access the course are attached to this email.  This will be promoted by the ACM next week via their website, social media and print media. 
This was one of the four workstreams we have achieved through funding from Queensland Health with the Prenatal Screening Health Project.

More information about how to access the course.
Community Opportunities

Was your home damaged by recent floods in Queensland?

You might be able to get some help from the government to repair or raise your home, or the council may buy your home from you in special cases.
This is so people will not have so many problems if their homes are flooded again.

Call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 who will connect you to the government service for the Resilient Homes Fund.

Translated flyers can be accessed via this link until COB Monday 15 August.

Introduction to Consumer Partnerships for Health Consumers

This introductory training has been created for health consumers who are very new to consumer partnerships, however all levels of experience are welcome to participate.
If you are just starting out or have about 1 to 2 years of experience in consumer partnerships, then this is the right training series for you.

Tuesdays at 5.30pm beginning 16 August

More Information and Register
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