The latest news from Health Translations, June 2019
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Welcome to Health Translations June newsletter. We have a number of new multilingual resources to share with your culturally and linguistically diverse  (CALD) clients and among your networks: 
  • Voluntary assisted dying
  • Resources for culturally & linguistically diverse carers from Carers Victoria
  • Food labelling
  • Family violence: e-safety resources for women
  • Sexual assault
  • Updated NDIS resources
  • New palliative care resources from Palliative Care Victoria
  • Health care services available in Australia
  • How to protect against the flu
Please support Health Translations by letting us know about any new or updated translated health resources. 

Voluntary assisted dying commences in Victoria 

Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying law allows a person in the late stages of advanced disease to take medications prescribed by a doctor that will bring about their death at a time they choose. The law gives anyone suffering a terminal illness, with less than six months to live, the right to end their life.
Health Translations provides new multilingual community resources on voluntary assisted dying: 

Multilingual resources for CALD carers

Carers Victoria is dedicated to improving the lives of all carers, including those from a CALD background. Some of their new and updated brochures and fact sheets are available in languages other than English.

NDIS Carers Handbook (new resource) - A handbook offering practical advice and support on how to achieve the best possible outcomes for both the person being cared for and for carers.

Carers Victoria Brochure - This brochure explains the services provided by Carers Victoria

Carers Victoria carer kit - This carer kit includes information relating to a range of services provided by Carers Victoria including tips and information for carers.

Talking it over - carer counselling - This factsheet provides information about the counselling services and supports Carers Victoria provides across Melbourne for Carers. 

Values and principles - This brochure describes the values and principles of Carers Victoria and explains who they are, what a carer's rights and responsibilities are, how to provide feedback and how to make a complaint.
Multilingual resource updates

 Check out these new multilingual resources

Kilojoules on the menu (video)
Kilojoule labelling is now on the menu of large food chain businesses. This includes fast food or chain restaurants that sell things like burgers, pizza, fried chicken, pasta, sushi and noodles. It also applies to beverage, café and bakery chains. Victorian fast food and supermarket chains are also required to display the kilojoule content of ready-to-eat food and drinks on their menus and food tags. They will need to show the average adult daily energy intake, which is 8,700kJ. These videos translated into 8 languages will make it easier to make healthier food choices when eating out and taking away food. Watch videos here

Have you had an allergic reaction to packaged food? (poster)
Food labels are required by law to carry essential information so that people know what is in the food they buy. The role of the Food Safety Unit at the Department of Health and Human Services is to ensure that food sold in Victoria is safe. Read more.

E- safety resources for women to take control online
No woman deserves to be abused, threatened or stalked by someone using technology. Abuse through technology is scary and unsafe, and it is not OK. Essential advice and information is available for download in 12 different languages to assist women who are experiencing technology-facilitated abuse. Read more.

Your Body, Your Choice is a multi-language resource about sexual assault.
The factsheet contains important information for people who have experienced sexual assault. The resource is currently available in 5 different languages (Arabic, simplified Chinese, English, Spanish, and Korean.) This is an adaptation of a resource produced by City of Sydney, Redfern Legal Centre and Study NSW to suit the Queensland context. Read more.

Translated versions of the Charter of Aged Care Rights Template for Signing now available
Providers have responsibilities to support consumers to understand the new Charter that comes into effect from 1 July 2019. Providers must give consumers a copy of the new Charter signed by the provider, and ensure that the consumer or their authorised person has been given a reasonable opportunity to sign a copy of the Charter. Read more.

New rules for medicines with codeine
Since February 2018 you can only buy medicines with codeine if you have a prescription from your doctor. This is because codeine is an opioid medicine and should only be taken on the advice of a doctor or nurse.
Read more.

Antibiotic resistance: the facts
Overuse and misuse of antibiotics are increasing the problem of antibiotic resistance. We are all part of the problem and the solution. Read the facts that bust some common misconceptions about antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance. Read more.

National Disability Insurance Scheme
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides disability support based on individual needs. Health Translations links to over 30 translated fact sheets and videos about the NDIS. Read more.


Palliative care
As part of its culturally responsive palliative care strategy, Palliative Care Victoria developed bilingual resources in 17 community languages. The topics covered include:
About palliative care (podcast)
Palliative care - helping people with life-limiting illness live well (Bilingual fact sheet)
Video on Palliative Care

Healthdirect (Australian Government Department of Health) has produced new resources in 6 languages each:
Getting the most out of your pharmacist Local pharmacists do a lot more than fill your script - they are qualified medicines experts who provide advice and counselling on medicines and general healthcare to millions of Australians every year.
How healthdirect can help youhealthdirect provides free, trusted health information and advice, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CEH hosted a Health Literacy breakfast to launch new online training

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health launched a new online course Health Literacy Essentials.
Over 50 attendees heard from MP Fiona Patten, Parks Victoria, The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Mercy Health as they talked about the way health literacy has impacted their work. Find more about the training here


It’s important everyone in the community plays their part in helping stop the spread of flu.
The flu isn’t like the common cold, it can hit quickly and last for weeks. For some people, the flu can have serious and devastating outcomes.
Translated information is available on flu vaccination, hygiene and infection control, as well as campaign posters which can be downloaded, printed and displayed in receptions and waiting rooms. Click here.

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