News from The Refugee Health Network Queensland
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In this Issue #28 - April 2019


Conference a success

The 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference was held in Brisbane from 27-29 March 2019. Geoffrey Robertson AO QC, was the keynote speaker with many fantastic speakers providing participants with a wealth of knowledge, reflection and discussion.

If you would like to see more photos, please keep an eye out on the Conference website  over the next couple of weeks.
To learn more about the Forum for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) see their website here.

Refugee Health Nurse wins award

Mater Refugee Health Service’s NUM Meryl Jones (pictured centre) has won the APNA (Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association) Nurse of the Year award in recognition of her contribution to refugee health, health equity and primary care.

Welcoming Cities Symposium

The Symposium held in Brisbane in April included a packed program featuring Professor Anita Heiss delivering the inaugural First Nations keynote, Kenan Malik (International keynote), Abul Rizvi (National keynote) and an exceptional line-up of community practitioners, Local Government representatives, researchers, and community leaders.
Missed it? View the presentations here.

Pictured (L to R - Members of the Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group attend the Welcoming Cities Symposium)

Healthy New Communities Update

The Healthy New Communities Project is an initiative of the Logan Community Health Action Plan 2017, and implemented by Metro South Health, Access and Capacity-building Team. The project supports and promotes the health and wellbeing of people settling in the Logan area of South East Queensland. It focuses on eating healthy traditional and new foods, and on fun ways to keep physically active.

Read the recent newsletter here.
Watch the Tuckshop primary school video and High school video

Commonwealth funded Interpreter Services for the Psychological Services in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF)

PHN commissioned allied mental health providers delivering services within RACFs have now been provided access to the free Telephone Interpreter Services in place under existing arrangements for aged care.

To access the services, each RACF has a code to access Commonwealth funded interpreter services for supporting residents from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds to access treatment services (other than daily living) in their preferred language. Under this arrangement, PHN commissioned allied mental health providers will be able to use the respective RACF's access code when delivering services under this measure. More information here.

New report - Barriers and Exclusions: The support needs of newly arrived refugees with a disability 

The Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA); Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA); the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA); and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) released a new report outlining the significant obstacles faced by refugees with disabilities who are living in Australia in February 2019. Read the full report here.


Emerging Minds Community Trauma Toolkit

The Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health has released their Community Trauma Toolkit. Tailored to six key audiences: educators, first responders, community leaders, parents/carers, GPs, and health and social service practitioners; it contains a variety of information and tools including videos, podcasts, training workshops, infographics and downloadable factsheets. Visit the toolkit here: View the toolkit online here.

NDIS Local Area Coordination Partners in the Community Program

Carers Queensland - Your Partner in the Community

They will:
  • talk with you, your family and carers to understand your current support network
  • understand what you want to achieve and develop a plan to help you get there
  • help you find and access the supports that meet your needs
  • assist you to manage any issues you face with getting services and support
  • link you to information and support in the community so you are included and involved.
Download this contact list for specific contacts in your region.

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

Medline Plus 

Health Information in Multiple Languages - View the website here.

Education Opportunities

Communicating across cultures in primary health care.

  • Date: 1st May
  • Time: 5:45pm registration and dinner,  6:15pm- 9pm education
  • Venue: The Glen, Eight Mile Plains

More information and register here.

Forced  Marriage  Forum

  • Hosted by Qld ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans)
  • Wednesday 8th May 2pm - 4pm
  • Lavalla Centre    58 Fernberg Rd  Paddington QLD 4064

More information and Register here.

Liver Disease: Improving the Patient Journey

Date:             Wednesday 8 May 2019
Time:             4.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Location:       Mater South Brisbane Campus, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane
Cost:             $130 (incl. GST)
More information here.

Free training for interpreters in sexual violence support settings

Key details

  • Date: Saturday, 25 May 2019
  • Time: 9.30am - 2.00pm 
  • Venue: TBC, Brisbane, QLD
  • Cost: Free
More information here.


FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS about Hepatitis by Hepatitis Queensland

The courses are open to anyone who works in a non-clinical role in an alcohol and  drug service, aged care facility, local hospital, youth space, multicultural, housing or homelessness service that supports clients affected by, or at risk of, viral hepatitis.

Read about professional development here.

Project ECHO - Supporting refugee kids series

29 April until 17 June 2019 (7 weeks)
Time: Mondays from 3:15 – 4:30 pm (Brisbane time)
Cost: Free
Download the flyer here.


MDA Ltd (Multicultural Development Australia) offering a one day training in Brisbane - July 1st.
Click here for details.

Upcoming Events

Call for Abstracts

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia’s (FECCA) biennial conference PURPOSE. LEADERSHIP. PROGRESS: 40 years and beyond, taking place in Hobart Tasmania on 9-11 October 2019. More information here.

Latest Research

Research explores secondary traumatic stress, burnout and compassion satisfaction in Australian Interpreters working with Refugees and Asylum seekers

To participate in the survey click here.

Join focus groups to contribute to best practice

Join the focus group workshop contributing to developing best practice service approaches to improving the mental health and wellbeing of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia. This focus group is part of a research project being conducted by the Centre for Multicultural Youth, assessing mental health services for young people rom migrant and refugee backgrounds.

9 AM - 12:30 PM Thursday 2nd May 2019
More information here.

Network News

Refugee Health Partnerships Advisory Group Qld - Summary minutes (26th Feb 2019) - Read here. 
Who is arriving and where in Queensland? - Read the numbers by region and indicative numbers for 2019 here.
Refugee Health Policy and Action Plan - Baseline Evaluation Executive Summary (QUT) - Read here.
The Network  presented a poster outlining the baseline evaluation findings from the research conducted by QUT at the Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference. View the Evaluation Poster here.

Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA) Update

10 year anniversary of RHeaNA

Dr Christine Phillips, Chair of the Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA) has shared the following communiqué:
On the 29 March 2019, on the sidelines of the 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma and Resettlement Conference in Brisbane, a small group of dedicated clinicians, managers and policy officers, gathered to mark an important milestone, the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA).

RHeaNA evolved organically from informal collegiate and advocacy groups and communities to become the leading refugee health advisory network in Australia. Its members are drawn from across the refugees health space and include refugee nurses, GPs, Paediatricians, managers and policy officers.

Without formal funding or administrative infrastructure, RHeaNA has contributed to the creation of refugee health guidelines, provided formal input into many committees, working groups and research, as well as providing specialist refugee health advice to state and Commonwealth government, whilst continuing to be a community of practice for refugee health care providers.

Collectively, RHeaNA members have provided health and social care to thousands of people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in all states and territories of Australia. We have been witnesses to the challenges our patients and their families face as they build new lives in Australia.

While access to quality health care is a fundamental determinant to achieve equitable outcomes, we believe that the attitude of governments and ordinary Australians is also an important determinant for successful refugee resettlement and social cohesion. Sadly, over the past 20 years we have observed that our country has become a more closed society, fearful of the "other", actively excluding and marginalising particular emerging communities.

People from refugee backgrounds are survivors. They have a positive cultural, economic, and social impact on our country and add to the rich fabric of modern Australia. On this day, when our friends and colleagues in New Zealand gather to mourn the tragedy in Christchurch, we call on all Australians to extend a hand of welcome and friendship to people from refugee backgrounds. We believe that fostering a culture of hope, safety and inclusivity in Australia is fundamental to good health, integration and belonging; so that people from refugee backgrounds feel truly a part of us! 
For more information:

Refugee Health Nurse News

RNA Forum a success

RNA held its 2nd National Forum at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane on Tuesday 27th March. Joining over 45 colleagues from across Australia, the Forum allowed refugee health nurses the opportunity to explore issues around LGBTIQ+, advanced practice and competency. States and territories gave the Forum feedback about local conditions and the challenges and opportunities ahead. Read the full story here.


Volunteer Opportunities for Diversicare in Queensland
Community Visitors are needed. Read the position descriptions here.

Bits n Pieces

The extraordinary story of Behrouz Boochani

The extraordinary story of Behrouz Boochani, the man who won Australia’s richest literary award but remains unable to set foot in this country. The stateless refugee, who’s in detention on Manus Island, smuggled out his entire book text by text on a mobile phone.
Watch him on Australian Story here.

Did my patient die because he stayed in the queue and couldn't speak up for himself?

Politicians stoke fears of ‘queue jumpers’, but refugees deserve the same dignity and agency we all value.
Read the full article by  here.

Response to Federal Budget 2019-20

The Federal Budget was a “mixed bag” for newly arrived refugees and migrants, and for the settlement sector. Read the full response from the Settlement Council of Australia here.

Help release independent documentary 'Against Our Oath'

After 4 years filming, award-winning filmmaker Heather Kirkpatrick only needs to pay post-production, for her independent film Against Our Oath to be released & impacting Australia’s refugee debate. See the campaign here.

Will you Choose Humane this election?

As the Federal election looms the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) wants you to join with them to send a message to politicians that we want policies for people seeking asylum that are humane, not cruel. Sign the pledge today to show your support! Read more and find out what you can do here.

How do you create a better asylum policy? We asked the asylum seekers.

They want work, dignity, a chance to rebuild their lives and the possibility of a safe return home. Read the full article 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. 

It is collated and distributed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland and supported by 
Mater and the Queensland Government.

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