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Ed #56 (August No. 2, 2021)


Public Health Alert - Translated Information from Queensland Health

From 1am Saturday 14 August 2021, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is a COVID-19 hotspot. Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) continue to be COVID-19 hotspots. You should not travel to these areas. The rules for people living in the NSW border zone have increased. Read the Plain English version here

Translated versions coming soon on the Queensland Health webpage about information for multicultural communities here.

Quick response from Cairns region to Multicultural communities during lockdown

On Sunday 8th August 2021 a lockdown was announced for Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs. Centacare FNQ Multicultural Services, the key settlement agency in Cairns and surrounds, immediately mobilised their teams to remote service delivery to assist their multicultural families.  They  worked with bicultural staff to plan how best to inform communities and not overwhelm them given that multiple messages around lockdown, mask wearing and testing needed to be delivered quickly.  
Case Managers contacted vulnerable clients from multicultural communities and advised of the lockdown.   Text messaging referring clients to Centacare Facebook page was sent out to all Humanitarian Settlement Provider (HSP) families where video messages created by the Centacare FNQ team in Kinyarwanda, Swahili, Nepali and Burmese.  Community Leaders were all linked into the resources and they supported the Centacare Team to get the message about lockdown out. Engagement with video messages had an average 200 engagements with each video post in language. Check out some of their messages on their Facebook Page: 
Read the full story here.

Pic: Families Testing during the COVID-19  lockdown in Cairns.

Multicultural Queensland Month (MQM)

This year we recognise the role that everyone plays in contributing to Queensland’s culture and prosperity through the theme 'Inclusion in action'.

MQM is an opportunity for everyone across the state to come together to contribute, share, perform, listen, learn and acknowledge that, while we may come from different backgrounds, religions and cultures, that diversity is a big part of being a Queenslander and a big part of why we all love living in Queensland! Read about it here.

Are you a clinician interested in working with CALD communities and the COVID 19 vaccine rollout?

The COVID-19 CALD Health Engagement Project managed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland is a partnership driven initiative comprising of partners, including Queensland Health and guided by a reference group made up of 15 members from various CALD communities from across Queensland.

The project is collaborative and the Project is looking to build a casual pool of health professionals from health organisations that the partners can request support on an as needs basis, to provide support with the delivery of information to these communities by working closely with Project Coordinators and Reference Group. The role may be to co-present information about COVID 19 vaccine, with a community leader or be a backup during a session, to field any clinical questions. Some of these sessions may be in the evenings or on the weekends. This is a voluntary position.

Read more and register your interest here.

 Community pharmacies offering AstraZeneca

Options of where you can get your COVID-19 vaccination are increasing. It is free, no Medicare needed, and no check on visa status. 

This video talks about community pharmacies across Australia now providing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations.

Use the Find a Pharmacy to find the nearest vaccine provider.

Click here to view the video 
Translated Resources

New videos in 7 languages explain What is the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Videos have been created as part of the CALD COVID Health Engagement Project, with information developed by Queensland Health, based on questions gathered from CALD communities about the vaccine. Find all the videos here 

The information is current and covers the following information:
  • What is the COVID-19 vaccine and how does it work?
  • Is the vaccine a cure for COVID-19?
  • Will the vaccine give me COVID-19?
  • What is the difference between the COVID-19 vaccines?
  • Do faith leaders support the COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in Australia?
Please feel free to share these videos with community members who speak these languages to promote understanding of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The English script for the videos is available here
More languages coming soon.

Thanks to the Network partners for these videos including Mater Refugee Health, Townsville HHS and Centacare Toowoomba.

For more information about the videos or need support to make your own with your community, contact

Vaccination Message from Religious Leaders 


MHCSNSW have put together various videos from Religious leaders in the community in 8 languages

View the videos here

COVID-19 Disaster Payment Resources for community groups translated 


Services Australia has released a new translated poster/factsheet about financial support available for people impacted by COVID-19. 
The resources informs people about the COVID-19 Disaster Payment and the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment. The poster is available in English and 62 other languages, including Arabic, Assyrian, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Hindi, Tagalog, Samoan and Vietnamese.

English and translated posters are published on the Coronavirus (COVD-19) resources for community groups webpage of the Services Australia website. They can be printed and displayed.

Queensland Health Translated Messaging - Getting tested for COVID-19

Queensland Health have developed a public health message which explains important information about how and where to access a COVID-19 test in Queensland and what it means to isolate while awaiting a test result. This has been translated into in 38 languages at the Queensland Health Multicultural information page along with other translated messaging about current lockdown rules and restrictions. Search for 'text' and language in the search box.

Read the English version here.

COVID-19 vaccination glossary to help non-English speakers

A COVID-19 vaccination glossary will be distributed across Australia in 31 languages after being developed by UNSW Associate Professor Holly Seale in partnership with NSW Health. Read about it here.

Fact Sheets- Be kind to your mind fact sheets In- language       

The Women’s Hospital has developed fact sheets about parenting in the first week of life in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Simplified Chinese, Chin Hakha, Farsi, Hindi, Karen, Oromo, Somali, Urdu and Vietnamese.

You can read more about the parenting guide for the first week of life in these languages here 

Resources for Clinicians

 A Culture of Care: Multicultural Health Symposium - Recordings Available

The recordings from all the speakers at the Metro South Health Culture of Care Symposium held in May 2021 are now available online. 

Click here to view the recordings of all plenary and showcase sessions.

To download flyer to display in your Practice, click here 

Education Opportunities

Culturally Responsive Reproductive & Sexual Health: Bite-sized Zoom Conversations for Health professionals - Learn over Lunch

Cost: Free to attend
Delivery Method: Live Zoom Webinars  
Who should register: Health professionals, community and social workers working in health settings

For Multicultural Queensland Month, come and virtually join the Culturally Responsive Health team at True Relationships and Reproductive Health and special guests for 30 minute conversations on migrant and refugee cultural safety in reproductive and sexual health. Conversations will centre on how health professionals can enhance cultural safety and we invite participants to submit questions ahead of time. We will also provide some time in the session for live Q&A and the sharing of best practice.

Register here to choose 30 minute sessions on August 24th, 26th or 31st

For more information on each session, visit here 

Webinar series - Multicultural Queensland Month 

Throughout August a series of FREE webinars will be held exploring topics such as racism prevention, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and gender-based violence. The webinars are proudly brought to you by the Queensland Government, Commonwealth Bank and Telstra and facilitated by the Griffith University MATE program.

The webinars will be held on:

Upcoming Events

Refugee Communities in Cultural Transition Forum

Communities in Cultural Transition (CiCT) program is holding its 2021 Forum online. The theme is "Sharing our Stories, Showcasing our Successes”. The Forum will enable you to participate, connect and engage with stories from refugee communities.

The program aims to reduce the dependence of these small groups on large community service organisations by empowering them to manage their own affairs.

Date: Thursday 30 September 2021 10:00am to 1:00pm 

For more information and to register, click here


Latest Research

Talking with children about the COVID-19 Delta variant

With the COVID-19 Delta variant across many parts of Australia and the accompanying lockdowns, school closures and surge in detailed media coverage, many children may be anxious about what this means for them. This short article looks at ways to talk with children about protection from the Delta strain and ways to navigate through these challenging times.

To read this article, visit: Talking with children about the COVID-19 Delta variant - Emerging Minds

Emerging Minds toolkit supports children’s pandemic mental health- Article 

Children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing organisation, Emerging Minds, has shared a valuable toolkit, designed to support children, families and educators to navigate the challenges posed by increasingly extended lockdowns around the country. 

Click here to read 

Sight Unseen: A vision for effective access to COVID-19 vaccines for migrants

A vaccination report which is an addendum to the Locked down and left out report.
Sight Unseen: A vision for effective access to COVID-19 vaccines for migrants.

Check out p13 in Sight Unseen –  a spotlight on QLD and the CALD COVID-19 Health Engagement Project.

Network News

Refugee Health Network Queensland works with Pharmacy students

Dr Rachel Claydon, Ally Wakefield from the Network, along with Mater Refugee Health Consultants Zaynal Zawa and Maria Phaltang co-presented with Pharmacist Fiona Watson (Refugee Health Clinical Advisory Group member) to QUT 4th year Pharmacy students. This was organised in partnership with Ester Lau, A/Head of Discipline and Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Pharmacy, School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology. Their presentation focused on information about multicultural perspectives on pharmacy and medication use, barriers to safe medication use and ideas  and recommendations to overcome some barriers including engaging an interpreter which is FREE for pharmacy.
For more information about Pharmacy and refugee health, see the Network website here.

Pic: Mater Refugee Health Consultants, Refugee Health Network Qld and QUT staff

The project aims to ensure all people living in Queensland regardless of their background and English language proficiency have equitable access to appropriate health information and services to maximise their health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The project specifically aims to ensure marginalised communities’ needs are heard and addressed

The CALD COVID-19 Engagement Project is managed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland which is auspiced by Mater. It is a partnership-driven initiative between:

  • Queensland Health
  • CALD Communities in Queensland
  • Multicultural Australia
  • Access Community Services
  • QLD African Communities Council (QACC)
  • Qld Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Metro South HHS
  • Mater Refugee Health
  • Brisbane South PHN
The Project workers are Grace and Faysel and can be contacted to see how they can work together to deliver information about the COVID-19 vaccine with CALD communities. More information here.

Open Letter: The Australian government has a moral obligation to support the Afghan people

In response to the crisis in Afghanistan, the Refugee Health Network Queensland has signed the joint letter to Parliamentarians on Australia's response to the crisis. 

We are calling on the Australian Government and Parliamentarians to stand in solidarity with the Afghan people. Tell your federal district MP to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan! 

To find out how you can help, visit: 

Employment Opportunities

Health Promotion and Education Officer 

Applications close: 20 August 2021
Hours: Part Time 60.8hrs
(Preference for days are Tuesday to Friday each week)


True have begun recruitment for a new Health Promotion and Education Officer based on the Gold Coast.  This is a 4 day per week role contracted through to 30 June 2025. 

Visit True website for more information.
click here to apply

Refugee Health Nurse News

Upcoming Webinars - Refugee Nurses of Australia 

Webinar 1: Working with Humanitarian Settlement Program arrivals in hotel quarantinePresentations from the VIC and QLD refugee health teams on their models of care to support new humanitarian arrivals in hotel quarantine.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 2, 2021 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
Register in advance for this meeting here  
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Webinar 2: COVID vaccine roll-out to refugee-background communities.
When: Sep 16, 2021 02:00 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
If you would like to present on the work your service is doing, please email
The Zoom link for this meeting will be sent out in nearer to the time.

Bits n Pieces

Deka's Vaccine Diary

Deka from the Refugee Health Network Qld talks about receiving 2 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and outlines the process of getting the vaccine and side effects. Watch it here.

Watch other COVID-19 Vaccine Diaries from community members in English and some languages here.

COVID Vaccine awareness message from Tamil Doctors 

The key focus for each video:  

1. Importance of COVID Vaccination
2. Which vaccine is good for us ?
3. Consequences of not being vaccinated
4. Vaccine have any impact on my genes ?
5. Breastfeeding and pregnant women take the vaccine ?
6. Is the vaccine sufficient from protecting us from COVID ? Or we need to comply with the rules?

You can view these videos here 
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