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In this Issue...#5 COVID19 Update (May 14, 2020)


Qld eases restrictions from May 15th, 2020 - Available in some languages

Listen and share this message in audio or video format from the Network website here.

Available in:
  • Arabic
  • Dari
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Kirundi
  • Swahili
  • Somali
  • More languages to come soon....
More information:
Image source: ABC

MyAusCovid-19 app (Now available in 19 languages!)

Migration Council Australia (MCA) has developed a multilingual resource for Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities about COVID-19, its impact and available support. The app is now available in the below languages
Cantonese Khmer  Tagalog
English Korean Tamil
French Mandarin Thai
Greek Punjabi Turkish
Indonesian Russian Vietnamese
Italian Somali  
Japanese Spanish  

The below languages will be added soon:
Arabic Dari Persian
Burmese Karen Urdu
The MyAusCovid-19 app is available to download now.

New Report outlines community feedback and recommendations

This report collated by NRAAG (National Refugee led Advisory and Advocacy Group) aims to consolidate community feedback on the gaps, challenges and barriers in light of COVID-19 rapid responses. 

 The consultation recorded many barriers and shortfalls with the measures introduced for vulnerable groups. Our key findings from this consultation are classed in four broad categories: 

1. Asylum issues 
2. Digital divide and literacy 
3. Community safety and wellbeing
4. Other emerging issues

The consultation demonstrated that the most hard hit group within refugee communities are people on Bridging Visas, people on TPV/SHEV, the elderly and members of the LGBTIQ refugee community. Read it here.

School Updates

Some grades have started back at school in Queensland. See the message from the Qld Premier about the plan for schools and share this in some languages HERE.


Support for people on temporary visas

The Australian Government is providing funding to Red Cross over the next six months, to offer emergency relief payments to people on temporary visas, who face significant vulnerabilities.  
Emergency relief payments are for people who:
●     are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, and
●     have no access to services like Centrelink or other support payments, and 
●     have no income, savings or means of supporting themselves, and 
●     have urgent essential needs like food, medicine and shelter
Information regarding the Emergency Relief payments, and the online application process is available on our Red Cross website here:
If a client requires support with their application please email their details to:

Domestic and Family Violence Support for temporary visa holders during COVID-19
See resources here.

Fighting the Infodemic: The Corona Virus Facts Alliance

Led by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute, the CoronaVirusFacts / #DatosCoronaVirus Alliance unites more than 100 fact-checkers around the world in publishing, sharing and translating facts surrounding the new coronavirus. The Alliance was launched in January when the spread of the virus was restricted to China but already causing rampant misinformation globally. The World Health Organization now classifies this issue as an infodemic — and the Alliance is on the front lines in the fight against it. See it here.
Translated Resources for Patients
Telehealth Information in Somali

This video outlines how to use telehealth to continue appointments with health care workers (in Somali language). It is based on the animation developed by Brisbane South PHN. The English script can be viewed here.

See an Easy English version about Telehealth here.

Messages in language to support parents with home learning

The Community leaders COVID19 Working group, supported by Multicultural Australia and QPASTT have been working tirelessly to support community members at this tough time. The Families subgroup wanted to make sure that parents receive this information in language about home learning.

Home learning has been a big challenge recently and many parents have worries that their children will miss out. The group pulled together some messages to support parents at this time.
See the Information for parents home schooling in different languages here.

COVID-19 24/7 Parenting

Proven parenting tips and activities for all ages in worldwide languages!
Parenting for Lifelong Health are working with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, the Internet of Good Things, USAID and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop tips. 
See the resources here.

Domestic Violence Resources

The month of May is recognised as  Domestic and Family Violence Prevention,The Australian Government are supporting people affected by family and domestic violence by providing information, resources and referrals in 28 different languages those are available 

Education Opportunities

Mental Health Connect 2020

2020 Online Expo is a digital space for mental health workers to discover the latest innovations, products and services in treatment, management and self-care.
Connect with Mental Health Professionals Around the Globe

Friday 10 July 2020 | 9.00am – 4.00pm (AEST) | Virtual Attendance

Register here.

Webinar - Framework for Mental Health in Multicultural Australia - Module 2

Wednesday 3 June 2020 from 2pm to 3pm AEST.
Find more about the FRAMEWORK here.
Register here.

Research News

CONFERENCE REPORT: SAMS 19th International Conference: Forced Migration & Health Care Challenges in Protracted Crisis Berlin, Germany June 2019 Download it here.

Bits n Pieces

Australian Government Department of Health

Dr Nick Coatsworth, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, answers your top questions about coronavirus (COVID-19)
- For the app to work effectively, don’t we need to do more widespread testing? What is the Government doing?
- I’m worried about easing restrictions too early. Is Australia at risk of a second wave if we lift restrictions too soon?
- Why is the app necessary if there are less cases and restrictions are starting to be relaxed?

Published 29th April 2020

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