Health Translations Directory, newsletter April 2017.
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Welcome to the latest Health Translations Directory newsletter.  

Did you know? 
  • The Health Translations Directory (HTD) is an important initiative in the newly released Victorian Multicultural Statement and recognises the important role of health information to support people’s health and wellbeing. Find out more here .
  • The Department of Health and Human Services selected the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health to maintain and update the HTD. Since 2014, 7500 new written, audio and audio-visual resources have been added to the directory, in over 100 languages.

Women share their breast cancer story to support others

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has launched a series of videos of women from diverse cultural backgrounds sharing their breast cancer experience, with the aim of encouraging other women to open up about their diagnosis and seek support.

In My Language: My Breast Cancer Story is a series of six short videos, each featuring a woman speaking about her own experience of diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, in her own language, with English subtitles.

The videos are available in Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin or Arabic. Figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that women in Greek, Italian, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Arabic-speaking communities have a high rate of incidences of breast cancer.

Many of these women reported feeling scared and isolated after being diagnosed with breast cancer and often had difficulty accessing appropriate information about the kinds of treatment and support available to them.

In addition, many women said they felt unsupported by their communities when they revealed their diagnosis, due to cultural myths and misinformation about breast cancer. BCNA CEO Christine Nolan said her organisation consulted with women from different cultural backgrounds and many indicated that hearing from other women who had experienced breast cancer was important to them.

“We want women to understand they are not alone and they’re not the first woman to go through this experience. We hope these videos will break down some myths and stigma around breast cancer and encourage women to seek support from each other rather than hide their experience,” said Christine.
“We will also be sharing these videos with health professionals to raise awareness of some of the unique challenges facing women from different cultural backgrounds,” she added.

To view the videos visit.

Healthy Kids

On the Healthy Kids website you will find ideas for physical activity, kid friendly recipes and practical ways to improve nutrition. Six factsheets targeted at families and children have been translated into 10 different languages. The goal is to encourage children and the people who care for them to make healthy choices by providing credible information, resources and support materials about healthy eating and physical activity. Find information here.

Victoria Legal Aid

Victoria Legal Aid helps people with their legal problems, with a focus on protecting the rights of Victorians and providing free representation to those who need it the most. Translated fact sheets, booklets and educational resources about a range of legal issues are available here. 

World Health Day 

The World Health Organisation’s 2017 campaign, Depression: let’s talk, aims to encourage more people with depression to get help. This is also the theme of this year’s World Health Day, marked on 7 April.

The number of people with depression increased more than 18 per cent from 2005 to 2015. More than 300 million people are now living with depression, which is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organisation. 

“These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to re-think their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in a news release. Find translated health resources on mental health here.

World Immunisation Week 24 -30 April 2017

Theme: #VaccinesWork

World Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunisation saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Find translated resources here. 

Legionnaires' disease health alert

As someone who has an interest in health you may be aware the Victorian Chief Health Officer issued a recent warning about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease linked to Melbourne's Central Business District. The Health Translations Directory has some multilingual resources available. Click here.

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. That way, we can continue to promote your work.

Contact Anni Tillack-Benton at
Professional Development

Health literacy Course: 2 May 2017

Did you know the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health offers a range of training? This course starting on May 2 may be of interest to you.

60% of Australians don’t know how to find, understand and use information about their health and health care. The 4-day Health Literacy Course offers organisations a comprehensive understanding of health literacy.

Improve your staff’s knowledge base and strengthen your relationships with patients, clients and consumers. 

Enrol today and contact Jolyon Burford: or
call 03 9418 9995. Find more details about the course on our webpage.

Cultural Competence online training 

‘Introduction to Cultural Competence’ is an interactive online training module which will help you be culturally responsive to your diverse clients. 

It is suitable for health, community and government staff working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This module is pitched at an introductory level and provides a theoretical framework for people who are already working in culturally responsive settings.
We’ve had great feedback from participants from all over Australia about this training and we would like to invite you find out why it has been so well received. 

For more information contact Anni Tillack-Benton on or call 03 9418 9928.

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and 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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