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In this Issue...Ed #54 (July, 2021)


BREAKING NEWS- 3 Day Lockdown in Queensland 

Parts of Queensland will go into a three day lockdown as cases of COVID-19 transmissions were detected in the community. 
From 6pm Tuesday the 29th of June to Friday 2nd July, residents in the following local government areas will go into lockdown:
  • Townsville    - Palm Island 
  • Brisbane      - Ipswich
  • Logan City   - Moreton Bay
  • Redlands     - Sunshine Coast
  • Noosa          
  • Lockyer Valley   
  • Somerset
  • Scenic Rim
  • Gold Coast
You can leave home for essential purposes only which include: 
  1. To buy essentials such as groceries or medications 
  2. Work or study if you can't do either from home
  3. Exercise in your local area 
  4. Healthcare or to provide help, care or support. 
Carry a mask and wear it whenever you are outside the house.

See the current list of exposure venues here 
More information about the lockdown from Qld Health here.

FECCA - COVID-19 Small Grants Fund

FECCA is working with the Federal Government and other organisations to administer the CALD COVID-19 Health Small Grants Fund. This Fund will help multicultural community groups to lead grassroots communication activities around COVID-19 and the vaccination rollout, targeting CALD communities.

FECCA will administer grants of $2500, $3500, or $5000 to groups or organisations to fund short-term, one-off, communication and outreach projects.

For more information about the Small Grant, how to apply visit the FECCA Website. or contact the FECCA team or on 02 6282 5755.
 Resources for Clinicians

COVID-19 vaccines and multicultural patients

GPs and practice nurses play a vital role in educating patients about the COVID-19 vaccination. Migrant and refugee communities face many barriers seeking accurate and trusted information, and information in the media or from overseas may cause confusion.  

GPs are a trusted source of information and, together with your practice team, you can make a real difference. It is recommended that GPs initiate the conversation rather than waiting for patients to ask. Resources are available to support general practices in this role. 

The Department of Health has developed the following translated resources: Interpreters 
If a client does not speak English (and you do not fluently speak their language) it is recommended you engage a qualified interpreter. The TIS National Free Interpreting Service is available for private medical practitioners and pharmacies (and their support staff) 24 hours a day, every day of the year and provides access to interpreters of over 160 languages. For immediate phone interpreting or urgent registration, phone the Medical Practitioner and Pharmacy Priority Line on 1300 131 450.

Appointment Reminder Translation Tool
The Appointment Reminder Translation Tool allows you to translate appointment details into your patient’s language.

If you need additional support, contact the Brisbane South PHN Multicultural Health team on 3864 7580.

(Cultural Diversity Community of Practice) CALD COVID-19 response update for health professionals

The Department of Health delivered a special COVID-19 vaccine update for vaccination providers working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities on 18th June 2021. 

The topics discussed with the panel members included how CALD communities are effected by COVID-19, actions they are taking, challenges they are facing to get vaccinated and the crucial support and role of their health professionals in the decision making process of the ‘considered engagers’.

The panel members included Dr Lucas de Toca (Department of Health), Dr Nitin Bagul (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and Professor Christine Phillips (CALD COVID-19 Health Advisory Group). 

To access the recordings, click here.
Translated Resources for Patients

COVID-19 vaccination – Consent form for COVID-19 vaccination (other languages)

Consent form for the COVID-19 vaccination in available language translations have now been updated. Additional questions were added specifically for the AstraZenca COVID-19 vaccine. The translations of the consent form must be completed before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here to view the translated version in your language. 

Updated COVID-19 vaccine rollout advice (other languages)

On 17 June 2021 the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) updated its advice to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged under 60.

An in-language factsheet on this updated COVID-19 vaccine rollout advice has been published on the Department of Health website in 63 languages and shared with multicultural stakeholders and community groups. You can find the translated factsheet on the Department of Health website in 63 languages.

Visit: to view the COVID-19 vaccine rollout advice. 

Education Opportunities

Mental Health and COVID-19 videos

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) has partnered with The Multicultural Health & Support Services (MHSS) and Multicultural Alcohol and Drug Partnership (MDAP) to create videos encouraging people to seek help regarding their mental health. 

The videos are from both community members and doctors and can be found in Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Dinka and Vietnamese.

click here to watch or visit NWMPHN'S YouTube channel. 

Building the Future Together- National Settlement Conference 

Click here to learn more about SCOA , the Australian Settlement Sector and about this conference. 

Date and time

Thu 28th Oct 2021, 9:00 am - Fri 29th Oct 2021, 5:00 pm ACDT


Adelaide Town Hall
128 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000, Australia 

To register and purchase tickets, click here 

Research Opportunities 

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Men's Experiences of Perinatal Death in Australia

Latest Research 

Launch of the Queensland Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey

When: Wednesday 28 July, World Hepatitis Day 2021
Online launch of the new report; Queensland Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey 

The Migrant Blood-Borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey (MiBSS) study is a national project to assess the knowledge and practices of South-East Asian, North-East Asian and Sub-Saharan African migrants in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs). 
  • Click here to view the summary report of the recent completed migrant BBV & STI Survey. 
  • To learn more about the survey click here
  • Click here to register your interest to attend the online launch.

Refugee healthcare perceptions in regional northern Australia: transition through engagement, access, trust, privacy, the old, and the new

Michael Au , Robyn Preston Robin A. Ray and Meg Davis (24 June 2021)
Available from the Australian Journal of Primary Health here:

A model explaining refugee experiences of the Australian healthcare system: a systematic review of refugee perceptions

A study published to BMC International Health and Human Rights conducted a systematic review and thematic synthesis of literature exploring refugee perceptions of the Australian Healthcare system.

To read the study, visit here.

Health Implications of the home and host culture intersection 

This article (published in Wiley online (3rd June 2021) explores health implications in community living and individualism, language and communication, food and lifestyle choices and acculturation. 

Click here to read.

Community Opportunities 

Be Heard Campaign - Our chance to make a difference for our community!

The Queensland Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Safety Committee is conducting an inquiry into serious vilification and hate crimes. This inquiry is the result of the #BetterLaws4SafeQld campaign by the Cohesive Communities Coalition.

Be heard and change the state’s racial vilification laws for a safer and better Queensland.

For more information on how you can Be Heardvisit here.
The deadline for submissions is 12th July 2021.
Community Be Heard Campaign 

Play 2 Learn - New Acacia Ridge Playgroup at Acacia Ridge State School 

This playgroup is run jointly with the Acacia Ridge Community Hub.
Farsi, Dari, Arabic, Somali and Spanish speaking staff are available to support families. 

Click here to view the full flyer 

For more information, visit

Bits n Pieces

Lack of access to COVID-19 vaccine threatening global immunity - Urgent plea to unite developing nations through vaccinations

The Immunisation Coalition and UNICEF are issuing an urgent plea to Australians to help close the global COVID-19 vaccination gap by donating to UNICEF Australia. This is in a bid to improve access in lower income countries.

To view the media release and learn more about the Immunisation Coalition, click here. 

Temporary: The Podcast 

An 8 episode series from the UNSW and Guardian Australia that explores the stories of the 'Legacy caseload'. Hosted by Sisonke Msimang, members of the 'Legacy caseload' share their stories on reaching shore and the system that keeps them in perpetual uncertainty.

To learn more and listen to the podcast, click here. 

Tackling COVID Misinformation 

Misinformation around the COVID-19 vaccine and the virus continue to circulate across the web. This article analyses a social media post and it's adverse effects to the public. 

Click here to view the article. 
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