Solving CALD challenges

Micallef and HazelmanRegional Ethnic Councils in Victoria met at St Paul’s African House, Shepparton, on Friday 23 April to discuss challenges facing Cultural and Linguistically Diverse commuities in Victoria. The meet was attended by representatives from Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Albury Wodonga and officers and Board Members of the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

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Former Refugee becomes Teacher at his School

Iginas Gasengayire

Iginas Gasengayire spent his early years in refugee camps in Africa terrified of teachers; he never imagined he would become one.

“Teachers were really mean to us,” he said.

“We’d just get beat up all the time for no reason … so I was terrified by teachers.”

A marked difference in experience at school in Australia would eventually inspire Mr Gasengayire to become a teacher — “Mr Iggy” — and return to the high school where he arrived 14 years ago as a nervous student who spoke no English.

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IPC Health: BiCultural Inclusion Worker

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IPC Health is one of the largest providers of community health service in Victoria. Our purpose is to improve quality of life for the people and communities we serve by maximising access to health and wellbeing services. Our mission is to deliver innovative high quality services that are client centred, collaborative, coordinated and demonstrate value through measured impact.

Individuals through a single point of contact can connect to a full spectrum of care and support using consistent approaches including those of our partners. We are looking for BiCultural Inclusion Workers: Iraqi, South Sudanese and Vietnamese.

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Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership (IYAL) Group

Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership Group


The Ethnic Community Council of Victoria Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) program is a pathway for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to develop advocacy, governance and leadership experience. ECCV are currently recruiting young leaders for the program. Applications close 19 April 2021.

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New Mental Health Service

HeadtoHelp SheppartonA game-changing new Shepparton mental health service held a networking event on Tuesday 10 April, with more than 30 local health professionals gathering to learn more. For the past two weeks, HeadtoHelp Shepparton has been providing free and confidential health advice to local people experiencing mental health challenges.

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Covid Community Issues Session

Covid-19The Ethnic Council conducted a discussion circle for newly arrived communitie on community issues before and after the beginning of Covid-19. Attending the discussion circle was Cr. Seema Abdullah. The session was conducted in the Scout Hall adjacent to the Ethnic Council premises, on Thursday, 8 April 2021.

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Bridging the Migrant Health Gap

Wise Well WomenA female-led community health education program kicked off at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Thursday 8 April, in a bid to improve health literacy among Shepparton’s diverse communities. Wise Well Women, a joint program convened by Lorna Gillespie and Christine Nunn, will assist 12 refugee and migrant women to provide a bridge between the health system and their respective communities.

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