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Welcome to our June News!
MHSS' Kanwal Saleem discusses some of the CEH services helping to improve the health and wellbeing of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. 
NRCH Celebrating Unity in Diversity

June 20 - 26 2021 is Refugee Week. 

"Refugee Week is an important time as it encourages us all to reflect on the conflicts that drive people from their home and become refugees or displaced persons in their own countries.

It also gives us time to recognise and acknowledge the significant contributions that people from refugee backgrounds make to Australia, despite the hardship and suffering that has led them to seek safety here.

CEH celebrates the contribution of people from a refugee background and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Refugee Week activities planned at NRCH."
                                                                      - Bernice Murphy, Manager, CEH

Refugee Week activities include becoming a member of Refugee Council Australia, Board statements, a BBQ, social media messaging, Melton City Council’s online celebration and much more! – If you’d like to join us, please contact:
Last Chance - 50% eLearning
If you want to reach clients with limited literacy, other cultures or languages, we can help you make it happen.

Until June 30 we’re offering 50% off our specialist training in;
  • Cultural competence
  • Interpreters
  • Plain language writing
Have you ever had a meeting with a client from a migrant or refugee background that didn’t go well and you’re not sure why?

In collaboration with the Multicultural Drug & Alcohol Partnership, the CEH training team is delivering FREE WORKSHOPS for the Alcohol & other Drugs Sector that can help you:

- reduce common misunderstanding or uncertainties you face when working cross-culturally

- practice communication strategies for working with refugee & migrant clients

- learn about the South Sudanese cultural & specific AoD stressors within the community

Contact Siri: to book in a session for your organisation.

MDAP's Orlando Green speaks at the Yarra Drug & Health Forum.

The Narrative About African Crime In Australia

The Multicultural Drug & Alcohol Partnerships’ Orlando Green spoke at a recent Yarra Drug & Health Forum on the importance of challenging narratives that lack a factual basis, especially around African crime in Victoria. You can watch an excerpt of the discussion above. 

Mental Health Videos in 5 Languages

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. Some people may be finding it hard to cope. It’s okay to seek help.

To help spread the message of looking after our mental health during COVID-19, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) partnered with The Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) & Multicultural Alcohol and Drug Partnership (MDAP) to produce videos encouraging people to get help for their mental health.

The scripts were written in partnership with more than 50 Cantonese, Dinka, Hindi, Mandarin and Vietnamese community volunteers and doctors.

The videos are available in Hindi, Cantonese, Mandarin, Dinka & Vietnamese.
For more information on the project background visit our website

Watch the Videos
Reliable, accurate & up to date translated health & wellbeing information, free & online. With 23,000 resources in over 100 languages, Health Translations links to multilingual resources published by Australian peak health bodies. For refugee and migrant health and services resources click here.

Catch Up Care

CEH calls on health care providers, especially those working with people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, to urge & encourage people to CATCH UP and KEEP UP on STI & BBV testing & health checks they may have missed or put off since the beginning of the pandemic. We invite you to download our #catchupcare social media tiles & share these on your website and socials to encourage YOUR community to catch up on their health care.

Peer Education - What Works and Why?

The Multicultural Health & Support Services (MHSS) recently underwent a review process of their Peer Education Project using the 'What Works Why Framework' developed by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Latrobe University. MHSS have been running Peer Education for almost a decade and have worked with diverse communities including: Indian, Filipino, Thai Chinese, South Sudanese, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Karen (from Myanmar) and Liberian.
Do you want to learn how to improve the cultural competence of your workplace?

Join us on June 29, 12 noon - 12.30 pm for a FREE webinar "Cultural Competence - work better with other cultures and language groups."

Cultural competence is framework and skillset that helps you work with people who are from another culture or language group.
Register now for our next Hepatitis B Made Easy webinar on Wednesday June 23, 10am to;
1. Increase understanding of basic facts about hepatitis B testing, transmission & treatment
2. Explore strategies that meet the needs of affected communities
3. Increase knowledge on how to deliver appropriate health literate and culturally competent care to people affected by hepatitis
4. Resources & supports for health workers
Do you want to help improve the health and wellbeing of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds?

We currently have 3 exciting opportunities to join the CEH team. We are recruiting for;
  • COVID-19 Communications & Engagement Adviser, Victorian Turkish, Albanian and Bosnian Communities
  • Community Engagement Worker, Multicultural Alcohol and Drug Partnership (MDAP)
  • Project Officer, Long COVID Project
Health & Diversity Diary
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
National Burns Awareness Month
Migraine Awareness Month
Flu fighter
14-20 - Men’s Health Week
17-29 – World Continence Week
20 - 26- Refugee Week
20 – World Refugee Day
23 – CEH Webinar Hep B Made Easy
26 – Torture Victims Day
27- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD Awareness Day
29- World Scleroderma Day
29 - CEH Webinar - Cultural competence: work better with other cultural & language groups

Dry July
5 – Dharma Day
4 – 11-NAIDOC Week
6-7 – Refugee Alternatives conference
11 - World Population Day – celebrating humanity
14-20 - National Diabetes Week 
24- Asalha Puja Day (one of the most sacred days in Buddhism)
22 – 28  National Pain Week
24-Stress Down Day
28 – The Hajj |Islamic
28 - World Hepatitis Day
28  - 4 August - DonateLife Week
31 – White Ribbon Night

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) assists health, government & community organisations to offer a high quality of service to clients and people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) are expert in working effectively with migrant & refugee clients. They share this knowledge with us, so we can in turn help Victorian organisations deliver & improve their services in the most equitable and accessible way.
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