News from The Refugee Health Network Queensland
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Edition #51 - April 2021

Current COVID-19 Alerts in Queensland

Plain English and translated information about Lockdown in Greater Brisbane 

Lockdown in Greater Brisbane –  Plain English – PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT COVID-19 29 March 2021 – Greater Brisbane

Restrictions in Queensland except Greater Brisbane – Plain English – PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT COVID-19 29 March 2021 – Rest of Queensland

Videos in English outlining the Lockdown in Greater Brisbane 29th March, 2021 from Qld African Communities Council (QACC) – View them here.

These restrictions will be reviewed on Wednesday 31 March.

More information about Queensland’s Public Health Directions is available from Queensland Health

➡️ For more information on the lockdown visit 
➡️ For contact tracing locations and health advice visit 
➡️ Find your nearest testing clinic at or chat to our bot

Translated information about the lockdown now available

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: 29/03/21 - Restrictions in Greater Brisbane and outside of Greater Brisbane, Queensland -  Download the translated information from Queensland Health HERE

Use the search function to find the language that you need.

Service Updates

New referral pathway supports people seeking asylum in Queensland

View the new Mental Health Referral Pathways for People Seeking Asylum who are living in the Queensland Community HERE

This pathway and other information is available from the Refugee Health Network Qld website - Asylum seeker page.

Resources about the COVID Vaccine

Questions about the COVID Vaccine

Watch these short informative Videos from Dr Paul Griffin - Mater Director of Infectious Diseases Read about if the information you have heard is true from the Department of Health – Is it True?

Reasons to Vaccine

Watch Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Health Officer with Department of Health answer 3 questions
  1. Why should I have the vaccine when I am fit and healthy?
  2. Is it safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccines if I am undergoing cancer treatment?
  3. Should I still get tested if I feel unwell after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines?
View it here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Diaries

Watch health professionals talk about receiving their COVID-19 vaccine shot in Queensland

Want to make a video diary about getting the COVID-19 vaccine to share with the Queensland community? Follow these Video Diary Guidelines and complete this Photo and video Permission Form
More links to information about the COVID-19 Vaccine HERE

Upcoming Events

Health Equity and Access Unit of Metro South Health warmly invites you to attend the inaugural Multicultural Health Symposium: A Culture of Care, to be held Thursday 20 and Friday 21 May 2021 in Brisbane.

As Queensland’s population is rich in cultural diversity, it is essential that health services and healthcare professionals provide culturally responsive healthcare that respects and recognises the unique needs of each individual patient and their family.

The Symposium will showcase current multicultural health initiatives from across the state and foster networking and collaboration opportunities. The Symposium will also be offering an online registration for those unable to attend in person. To register for the Symposium please click here.
Over two days delegates will hear from industry leaders, peers and community members on the topics of:
  • Community engagement 
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Health literacy
  • Organisational cultural capability
  • The use of technology in language support
  • Trauma informed care
  • Working with interpreters
  • Lessons from COVID
  • Health as a Human Right
  • Health and Inclusion for Young People.
More information here or contact Angel Bogicevic on 0404 463 309 or

Community Opportunities

Mental Health Consumers looking for members for Culturally Diverse Advisory Group

BEING - Mental Health Consumers seeks members for a new Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Advisory Committee. The Committee focuses on mental health issues and challenges that affect CALD communities. This is a paid opportunity that is open to people with lived experience of mental health issues who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse. Applications close April 8th. For more information click here. 

Research Opportunities

Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey

Young people between the ages of 18-25 years old are invited to undertake the MiBSS (Migrant Blood-borne Virus and Sexual Health Survey) - a study led by Curtin University in Western Australia, in partnership with universities and community organisations. The aim of the study is to develop a greater understanding of how migrants living in Australia think and act on the subjects of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs).  

You are requested to complete a survey if you were born in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and North-East Asia and are living in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales,  Victoria or Queensland. 

Head here for more information on the study or to complete the survey via this link

Network News

Summary of the Refugee Health Partnerships Advisory Group Queensland meeting that was held on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 - Read the summary here.

Bits n Pieces

New social enterprise aims to advance diversity, multiculturalism and equality

Diverse Connections Multicultural Consulting is an aspiring new social enterprise providing cross- cultural information and support to organisations, businesses and Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities.

See the website here 
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It is collated and distributed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland and supported by 
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