Chief Health Officer apologises to Afghan community

Coronavirus - drive through testingVictoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says a COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne’s south-east is coming under control, and has apologised for statements that caused some in the Afghan community to feel targeted this week. Brett Sutton has worked in Afghanistan in 1999 and 2003 and has a high level of respect for the Afghan community and its values.

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Australia’s migrant support services buckling under pressure during coronavirus

ACOSS and migrant support servicesCharities and community groups providing migrant support services are facing a perfect storm of higher demand for services and reduced funding due to the coronavirus pandemic. A survey by the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre found three-quarters of those working with migrant and multicultural communities, Indigenous people and in the areas of legal and social advocacy reported an increase in demand for services.

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Embrace Report: Exploring Responses to Mental Illness and CALD

Fecca Embrace ConsultationThe Embrace Multicultural Mental Health project aims to make mental health services accessible for people from diverse backgrounds in Australia. The key objectives of the project are to increase participation of consumers and carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in mental health services and to improve outcomes for CALD mental health consumers, carers, and their families. There is a drive to increase mental health awareness, knowledge, and capacity in CALD communities and also improve cultural responsiveness and diversity of the mental health workforce. Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District was one of two organisations consulted.

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Racism in Australia hasn’t changed during Covid-19

Settlement ladyGo back to your country,” said a man driving past as I was walking near the Immigration Museum, of all places. For those from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds, experiences like this are all too familiar. Racist incidents, especially verbal abuse, takes a split second and by the time I realised what the driver had said, the car was gone.

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Bendigo teachers lend their voices to Refugee Council of Australia statement to support families seeking asylum

Refugees WelcomeGREATER Bendigo teachers are calling for more support for families who are seeking asylum during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of teachers and staff members from St Francis of the Fields Primary School in Strathfieldsaye signed onto the Refugee Council of Australia public statement this week.

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Bold Thinking: Global pandemic, regional response: citizenship and community in the time of COVID

RegionalThe Latrobe University Bold Thinking series will examine how the COVID-19 virus exposes our community and economic vulnerabilities, as well as their strengths. How can we support regional communities to ride the social, health and economic shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic? With local speaker Sam Atukorala, you are invited to join on Tuesday 15 September 2020 12:00 pm, online.

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