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Welcome to the latest Health Translations Directory newsletter, October 2017.
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Hello and welcome to this edition of the Health Translations Directory (HTD) newsletter.  

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) is excited about our role in developing and expanding the HTD collection into social and community services. The HTD represents many of the concepts that CEH sees as critical to improving the responsiveness of the service system to people from different language backgrounds:
  • easy non-stigmatising access to information,
  • quality translated health information,
  • reliable resources for professionals and agencies to support better practice.
Why the Health Translations Directory matters to our community.
Click above to watch a short video about how the HTD makes a positive difference to our community.

Translated information on thunderstorm asthma 


Melbourne experienced the world’s largest epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in November 2016, with thousands of people developing breathing difficulties in a very short period of time. These events don't happen every year but when they do, they can happen during grass pollen season, which is normally from October through December.

Following the 2016 event, the Department of Health and Human Services developed translated resources in 20 languages. The resources can be accessed here

Severe flu season continues


Influenza rates are high across Australia and are at near-record levels in Victoria. Very high numbers of people are presenting to emergency departments and general practices. Vaccination and other prevention measures should be promoted to help stop the spread of influenza in the community. 

Check out translated information on influenza to stay safe.

Measles alert


There have been 11 confirmed cases of measles notified in Victoria in the last two weeks. Measles is a serious contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Immunisation is the best protection against measles. A person who receives the recommended two doses of a measles vaccine has 99 percent immunity against measles infection. 

Translated measles resources can be accessed here.


Support for school aged-students on the autism spectrum

Did you know that Positive Partnerships has developed a number of resources for culturally and linguistically diverse families? These resources have just been translated into 4 more languages, Hindi, Nepali, Cantonese and Korean!  

Positive Partnerships is a national project that improves the educational outcomes of school-aged students on the autism spectrum. The new resources have been created with the support of community members, and are based on the learning from work within diverse communities.

Myths and Facts – a list of common misconceptions about autism as well as a factual response to each myth in order to support a greater understanding of autism.

What is Autism – an easy to read fact sheet for those that want an increased understanding of autism and its impacts, or for those supporting others in their understanding.

Guide to Using Visual Supports – outlines how and why visuals are used to support learning and routine and to help with behaviour and independence.

Guide to Who Can Help – clarifies the role of different professionals that could assist the family and the child.

A Family Journey – an animation that provides a father's perspective as he thinks back on his early concerns for his son and where the autism journey has taken his family. It is a story that resonates with many different communities.

Kids mental health matters  

We have just added new resources, developed by KidsMatter, an organisation which provides families with a range of information sheets to help them support children’s mental health and wellbeing. 

The resources contain practical information, tips and strategies across a range of common childhood issues, and were prepared by professionals with experience in the area of children’s mental health and development. Some information is available in eight languages and can be accessed here.

Dementia Awareness Month 


September was Dementia Awareness Month, and we have just added 18 new aged care related fact sheets, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services. Each resource is translated into 8 languages to give people a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia. It also highlights the importance of accessing services and information early to empower and enable everybody impacted by dementia, including carers. The fact sheets can be accessed here.


New translated domestic violence resources

Victoria Police has launched a suite of information sheets titled ‘Family Violence: What Police Do‘ in 13 languages, including Easy English, to help people know their rights and explain how police act on domestic violence.

The resources have been developed for people from culturally diverse communities and people with a disability. The program provides information for those affected by family violence and people supporting them. The resources explain how to recognise family violence (including financial and psychological abuse) and support available. Find out more.

Have you recently produced new translated resources? Let us know!


If you've updated your website, uploaded new resources or removed old resources, let us know. By contacting us when your resources change, you can ensure we have the most up-to-date information on the Health Translations Directory. 

We're also on the lookout for translated information on sports & recreation, at the moment.

Contact Anni Tillack-Benton at annit@ceh.org.au That way, we can continue to promote your fantastic work. 

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health has been contracted by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service to manage and improve the Health Translations Directory.
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