As summer begins, be careful when going out for a swim

paddling poolSummer’s here and the beach is where we’ll head to as much as possible over the next few months. Sea shore, river banks or lakes – lovely cool water, and possibly water sports, make them the best place to be. it is good to remember, ‘One in four drowning deaths involved people born outside of Australia.’ The highest number of drowning deaths were of people born in China, New Zealand, England, South Korea and India.

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – Day 1

Respect Victoria

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global initiative running from 25 November through 10 December, annually.
Gandhi took the religious principle of ahimsa (doing no harm) common to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism and turned it into a non-violent tool for mass action. He used it to fight not only colonial rule but social evils such as racial discrimination and untouchability as well.
Respect for women begins with all of us changing our thinking

International Forum on Emotional Well-Being

EWBI World logoThe Emotional Well-Being Institute (EWBI), launched in Geneva, conducted a Forum in Melbourne during Mental Health Week to explore issues of Emotional Well Being in the Australian context, particularly among Australia’s multicultural communities and international student communities. The experience of refugees and asylum seekers often lacks any form of emotional well-being, particularly when they are separated from their families and/or lose hope.

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Migration appeals tribunal caseload examined

The majority of active administrative appeals tribunal cases – 65% – related to migration cases. Photograph: Dave Hunt/AAPThe Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) tasked with hearing tens of thousands of refugee appeals, as well reviewing other visa, tax, child support and workers compensation decisions, is struggling under a growing workload despite record clearance rates. The administrative appeals tribunal (AAT) received, finalised and was left with the highest number of applications on record last year.

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Adelaide: Australian-Afghan Conference

Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan LogoThe Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan (AATSA) will conduct a conference on ‘Issues affecting Afghan-Australians and creating solutions’ in Adelaide on 7 December 2019.

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2020 Interpreter Scholarships – Advanced Diploma of Interpreting

2020 Interpreter Scholarships - Advanced Diploma of InterpretingThe Victorian Government is offering scholarships to students who are accepted into the 2020 Advanced Diploma of Interpreting program at RMIT University to study interpreting in one of the several languages. Applications should be submitted by 1 December for the Advanced Diploma.

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People of refugee backgrounds living with disabilities and their carers

Foundation House logoThe Foundation House Disability Project Community Advisory Group was made up of people living with disabilities and their carers who had settled in the northern suburbs from Iraq and Syria in the last five years. This report details themes and advice from the group to improve services and systems for people from refugee backgrounds living with disabilities and their carers. A summary is available in English and Arabic.

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Government wants half of new refugees to be settled in ‘regional’ Australia by 2022

Map of AustraliaA long-awaited report into refugee settlement in Australia has urged the Federal government to take up reforms to deliver better outcomes for humanitarian migrants. The review, led by former top bureaucrat Peter Shergold, had been kept under wraps since February. The report had seven major recommendations.

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Mansfield Multicultural Soccer Success

Soccer at MansfieldA fabulously successful sunny Sunday senior soccer match was played at the Lord’s Grounds on Sunday 17 November. After the positive and rewarding junior multicultural gala day earlier this season, Mansfield Soccer Club, the Mansfield chapter of Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) and the Ethnic Council of Shepparton collaborated again to host a friendly senior soccer match.

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