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In this Issue...Ed #55 (August, 2021)


Current Plain English and Translated Restrictions in Queensland 

Interstate travel and border closures.
Queensland Health have released public health alert details and restrictions about the border rules for NSW, Vic and SA including important messages for people who have returned from interstate. This is now available in 38 languages here.

Restrictions have eased for SEQ but masks extended for 7 more days.
From Friday 23 July, there are some eased restrictions for South-East Queensland. The same restrictions on gatherings and events now apply state-wide. However, people that live in the below areas must continue to wear a mask when in public, including at work if they cannot physically distance:
  • Brisbane 
  • Logan
  • Moreton Bay
  • Ipswich
  • Redlands
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Gold Coast
  • Noosa
  • Somerset
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Scenic Rim
The direction for masks will expire at 6am Friday 31 July unless otherwise extended.

Read the English versions of these updates here:

Multicultural Community Leaders Forum 

Multicultural Community Leaders forum coordinated by the CALD COVID19 Health Engagement Project and hosted by Multicultural Australia was held on 30th June to provide a COVID-19 update on the 3 day lockdown and provide information about the delta variant and access to vaccines. 

There were 108 participants from across the state including representatives from Townsville and Palm Island.  Speakers from Queensland Health spoke about the current restrictions in place in Queensland relating to the current outbreak and the Queensland Vaccine Roll out plan. 

Dr Paul Griffin from Mater discussed the Delta variant and support available in the community were shared including: Unanswered questions from QLD Health following event can be found here

First KOKONECT Session 

On Thursday July 22nd the CALD COVID-19 Health Engagement project joined hands with Multilink and Dr Kuinileti Changwai, founding member of the Oceania Pacific Health Association’s  to deliver the first Kokonect session on the Gold Coast.

Kokonect, organised by the Multilink pacific community worker is an information event specifically for Pasifika and Maori communities. This event aims to support pasifika and Maori communities/ leaders by providing information on Census, Pathways to citizenship and COVID-19 Vaccine roll-out.
Participants at the first session expressed that the most useful part of the Vaccine info session was, ‘When the myths about the vaccine were cleared up properly’. Other participants expressed that it was great to hear this information presented by a fellow Pasifika clinician of Samoan Background. ‘Having a P.I. (pacific Islander) Doctor presenting understands our community and information is relatable and relevant for our elders’.

There are four Kokonect sessions organised for Gold Coast, Logan, Redbank and Northlakes. 

Download the Flyer to see upcoming information sessions with the Pasifika/Maori communities.
Translated Resources for Patients

Managing Mental Health in COVID-19    

Beyond Blue has developed resources in 60+ languages to support mental health. 

These resources include four in-language videos in 
  • Arabic 
  • Chinese 
  • Punjabi
  • Vietnamese 
To view these resources, visit Languages other than English (

 To view Beyond Blue support page, visit Coronavirus and mental health in multicultural communities (

They speak 20 different languages but they've only got one message: Get vaccinated

A new video campaign is aiming to boost the uptake of the coronavirus vaccine among Melbourne's culturally and linguistically diverse communities, with those involved saying a lack of in-language information has led to hesitancy among some migrants.

To find out more, visit here 

To watch CALD mental health and COVID-19 vaccine videos, visit here 
Resources for Clinicians

Challenging myths about culture and violence in migrant and refugee communities

The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health has developed a resource called Challenging myths about culture and violence in migrant and refugee communities. 

It aims to challenge some of the negative ways that migrant and refugee communities are framed in discussions about violence against women.

Read the Challenging myths resource here: Challenging the Myths about culture and violence (

NDIS Support Coordination - Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC)

CÜRA is a branch of Multicultural Communities Council Gold Coast (MCCGC) and is a NDIS registered service provider. CÜRA has been providing care services to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities across the Gold Coast for over 35 years.

Who can you refer to CÜRA ?
  • Any multicultural individuals who need support understanding disability & NDIS or who are already in the NDIS system and need support coordination 
What can CÜRA help you with?
  • Information and education on disability and the NDIS
  • NDIS access requests and supporting evidence
  • Understanding what funds and services are available
  • Finding service providers, negotiating prices, and developing service agreements
  • Linking to services including housing, education, transport, health, and more
  • Accompanying to GPs and other health professionals
  • Preparing for and attending NDIS planning and review meetings
To find out more:
email or call 1800 94 12 12

Visit CÜRA | Active Living & Wellbeing in Home Support on the Gold Coast ( 

Click here to view the full flyer 

Working With Interpreters as a Team in Health Care (WITH Care) Curriculum Tool Kit for Oral Health Professions  

Explores a curriculum that informs communication across all patient populations, revealing that getting by with partial understanding can be insufficient for any patient and any health care team.

Click here to read the article 

Invitation: Launch of the Final Report of the QLD Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey

During the webinar, we will present the results of the survey of 451 participants from diverse backgrounds living in Queensland.

When: Wednesday 28 July, 2021 (World Hepatitis Day)
Time: 12.00pm - 12.45pm - AEST (GMT+10)
Where: Zoom

Click here to register your interest

How can we better support LGBTQIA+ communities and CALD communities?- Webinar 

Aim: To help reduce stigma surrounding suicide and improve community awareness & understanding of the bereavement experience

When: Wednesday, 28 July , 12-2pm AEST

Event website:
Registration: Free

Click here to register 

Sessions are recorded and available up until September 2021 for all registrants.

Education Opportunities

Workshop: Working with Families from Refugee Backgrounds 

Thursday 12th August 2021, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Where: Brisbane Multicultural Centre,
28 Dibley St, Woolloongabba. Room 5 & 6

This one day workshop has been developed to give participants a greater understanding of the impact of trauma and resettlement on family roles and relationships. The frameworks that guide family counselling and support will be explored in particular trauma recovery models, family therapy and culturally appropriate practice. 

Cost: $150 (Plus online booking fees) for students, volunteers and unwaged
$200 (plus online booking fees) for all other registrations. 

Register for the workshop here
Click here for more information and to view the full flyer 

Upcoming Events

Scattered People Film Fundraiser | 28 July 2021

Join QPASTT and World Wellness Group at a special screening of 
Scattered People and raise vital  funds for healthcare and medication for people seeking asylum living in our community.
Through the eyes and hearts of two Iranian musicians, Scattered People is a story about the healing power of music, bringing together people, cultures and countries while exploring Australians' attitudes towards people seeking asylum.

WHEN:  28th July 2021, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Film screening followed by a Q&A with the producers of Scattered People    
WHERE: New Farm Cinemas, 701 Brunswick Road, New Farm   
COST: $40/$35 concession
Click here to book ticket,  
Click here to watch trailer 

100% of proceeds go to healthcare and medication for people seeking asylum in the community.

MOSAIC Multicultural Festival - Be a part of the picture!

The MOSAIC Multicultural Festival will be returning to Roma Street Parklands this October to celebrate the rich cultural contributions that each of us bring to our multicultural Queensland.

When: Sunday 10 October, 10:00am-5pm
Click here to watch the MOSAIC 2021 trailer 

To find out more and reserve your free ticket today, visit here

Latest Research

Report | Migrant and refugee women in Australia: The safety and security study

A new report released from Monash University's Migration and Inclusion Centre in collaboration with Harmony Alliance (Nyadol Nyuon), a migrant and refugee women's coalition.

This is a landmark national report that draws on survey responses from almost 1,400 migrant and refugee women across Australia and offers a unique snapshot of those women who were willing to share their experiences.

It offers key insights to build a more nuanced understanding of the diversity of migrant and refugee women’s experiences and its findings can be used to inform policy and other measures that may best support migrant and refugee women into the future. The report also captures key data on how stay-at-home directives and other policy measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted women’s experiences of domestic and family violence, employment, and financial security.

To read the full report, visit here 

Network News

Refugees and migrants still mostly missing from vaccination queues: Red Cross

The new report suggests countries around the world are adopting increasingly inclusive rollout policies, but more work is needed to ensure everyone is protected against the virus.

This SBS radio segment, features Ben Bol from the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC) speaking about the CALD COVID-19 Engagement Project. The radio segment also highlighted the joint initiative between The Red Cross and The Refugee Health Network Queensland.

Click here to listen to the full radio segment 

To learn more about the CALD COVID-19 Engagement Project, contact 
Grace Edward -  Partnerships and Community Engagement Coordinator CALD COVID Project,
Refugee Health Network Queensland T: (07) 3163 8832  M: 0401 101 005 

Community Opportunities 

New scholarship for members of southeast Queensland’s refugee community

The University of Southern Queensland signed an agreement with Heritage Bank, which will see them offer a new scholarship for members of southeast Queensland’s growing refugee community to study in the field of psychology and counselling at USQ.

The $6000 scholarship will be available to a full-time student starting an undergraduate degree in psychology or counselling at USQ, particularly school-leaver from a refugee community experiencing financial hardship.

Applications for this Scholarship will open later 2021, with the recipient to be selected and announced early 2022. 

To learn more, visit here 

Want to start your own business?

Employment Opportunities

Multicultural Training and Resource Officer -  Queensland Health

Eight Mile Plains Community Health Centre, Eight Mile Plains

The Access & Capacity-building Team are looking for Multicultural Training and Resource Officer to join their team. The successful applicant will build the capacity of health staff to provide culturally responsive healthcare through resource development, training and service improvement projects. More information and apply here.

Please register on Eventbrite:

Northside event - Friday 23 July 2021
Southside event - Friday 6 August 2021

Refugee Health Nurse News

Refugee Nurses of Australia (RNA) Forum 2021- Watch Online 

Visit here for updates on refugee health nursing from the following States and Territories:
  • New South Wales 
  • Victoria 
  • Queensland 
  • South Australia 
  • Northern Territory 

2021 RNA Forum online with RNA Co-chairs Meryl Jones from Queensland and Jan Williams from South Australia. 

Asylum Seeker Health Access- Refugee Nurses of Australia (RNA)

Information on access for people seeking asylum to public health services in States and Territories across Australia. 

To learn more, visit here

Bits n Pieces

'We need to collect ethnicity data during COVID testing if we're to get on top of Sydney's outbreak' - The Conversation 

This article highlights the importance of collecting data on ethnicity, country of birth, or language spoken at home other than English in order for health officials to focus on ethnic networks and ensure appropriate languages and messaging are used. 

The articles also explores why cultural geography of Sydney matters, attempts to take a more proactive approach and concerns around collecting this data. 

Click here to read the article 

Save lives, give surplus vaccines to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh with its 160 million people is suffering in this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Bangladesh is ill-equipped to face this calamity. The only option to prevent the spread of the deadly virus is to vaccinate as many people as possible. 

Take a moment to read and sign the petition. 
Click here to find out more

Fees and Charges- 1st July 2021 increases 

As of July 1st 2021, the Department of Home affairs has increased application fees for the following:
  • Australian Citizenship
  • Visas
  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) review & judicial review at Court.
To learn more on:

Upcoming changes to Bridging Visa E (BVE) lodgment processes- The removal of BVE lodgment method via email

BVE applications will no longer be accepted via email. The two alternative options are now:

a) Post paperwork to immigration

b) Create an online ImmiAccount and upload BVE applications directly. 
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