National Symposium: Multicultural Mental Health

Mental Health Foundation Australia A significant number of people from multicultural communities do not seek help for their mental health problem or are reluctant to do so. Often, they miss on the suicide prevention services available either due to language or cultural barriers. This poses a high risk for the future of Australia where nearly half of Australians identify themselves as someone with a multicultural background. These – and similar matters – will be discussed at the National Symposium on Multicultural Mental Health, online, from 10:00 AM AEDT, Monday 26 October 2020 at 10:00am to 2:00pm.

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Partner visa sponsors will soon need to undergo character tests in domestic violence crackdown

Minister TudgeDomestic violence organisations are warning that the government’s changes to the partner visa system will end up harming women more than the perpetrators. Australians wishing to sponsor their partner to remain in the country will be forced to undergo a character test and have the results shared within the relationship before a visa application can be made. The government says the new changes will protect migrants from domestic and family violence.

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Shepparton Transformational Ethical Storytelling Webinar and Workshop

Shepparton Transformational Ethical Storytelling Webinar and WorkshopThis webinar and workshop series is designed to better understand the importance of community grassroots storytelling with a focus on developing racial literacy and leadership through a storytelling lens. The webinar commences on Thursday 29th October 9:30 am-11.00, with two follow up workshops.

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Three Sides of the Coin

Three Sides of the Coin


The Week beginning 19 October 2020 is Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2020! Primary Care Connect is providing education sessions, resources and fun facts. Gambling harm affects individuals, families and communities and is often hidden, and the stigma around gambling harm often prevents us from talking openly about harms and supports. You are invited to join Three Sides of the Coin – an online session – on Tuesday, 20 October from 1:30pm.

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Beware of phone and internet scams impersonating Home Affairs

Phone scams and Home Affairs


Be aware of scammers who impersonate the Department of Home Affairs by phoning on our behalf or copying one of our websites. The Government is aware of a current scam where people are receiving a phone call with an automated voice claiming to be from the Department of Home Affairs.

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Update Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak in Shepparton: Thursday Morning

Goulburn Valley Health

GV Health has tested 492 people for COVID-19 as at 6:00pm today. The testing sites have remained open into the evening beyond the scheduled closing times to accommodate additional demand. This is a large outbreak that has changed quickly over the past 24 hours. GV Health acknowledges there has been delays at our testing sites today and we are sorry this has occurred.

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Residents urged to be tested, even if no symptoms

Shepparton - Get TestedResidents who have visited any high-risk locations linked to Greater Shepparton’s evolving outbreak are urged to be tested, even if they don’t have symptoms. This comes after three positive cases linked to the Chadstone outbreak were confirmed for Greater Shepparton on Tuesday.

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Hardship Payments Increased

Hardship Payments Increased

The Victorian Government is doubling an assistance payment for those experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as part of a $50 million program to make sure people are not falling through the cracks.

The Government has commissioned the Red Cross to provide financial assistance, information and referrals to those doing it tough during the pandemic who are not eligible for Commonwealth support or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

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