Refugee and Settlement Help – Coronavirus ~ Covid-19

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[s]Advice – in language – about Health Issues[/s]

Department of HealthThe Australian Government Department of Health has issued advice - in languages - about health and illness and Coronavirus. This advice addresses Influenza, Pregnant Women and those who have Cancer. Read more here


Health Translations - contracted by the Victorian Government - provide an very big list of translations here

[s]Getting Tested[/s]

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Listen to Getting Tested in ARABIC يتوفر الاختبار حاليًا للأشخاص الذين يعانون من الأعراض التالية ، مهما كانت خفيفة: الحمى والقشعريرة أو التعرق والسعال والتهاب الحلق وضيق التنفس وسيلان الأنف وفقدان حاسة الشم أو الذوق. Listen to Getting Tested in DARI Listen to Getting Tested in DINKA Listen to Getting Tested in FARSI آزمایش در حال حاضر برای افرادی که علائم زیر دارند ، هر چند خفیف باشد: تب ، لرز یا عرق ، سرفه ، گلو درد ، تنگی نفس ، آبریزش بینی و از بین رفتن حس بو و مزه. Listen to Getting Tested in HINDI परीक्षण वर्तमान में निम्नलिखित लक्षणों वाले लोगों के लिए उपलब्ध है, हालांकि हल्के: बुखार, ठंड लगना या पसीना, खांसी, गले में खराश, सांस की तकलीफ, बहती नाक और गंध या स्वाद की भावना का नुकसान। Listen to Getting Tested in MANDARIN 目前可以针对以下症状的患者进行测试,但是症状较轻:发烧,发冷或出汗,咳嗽,喉咙痛,呼吸急促,流鼻涕以及嗅觉或味觉丧失。 Listen to Getting Tested in PASHTO ازموینې اوس مهال د لاندې نښو نښانو سره د خلکو لپاره شتون لري ، که څه هم ډیرې دي: تبه ، تودوخه یا خوله کول ، ټوخی ، د ستوني خوږ کول ، د ساه لنډېدل ، د پزې نښې ، او د بوی یا ذوق احساس له لاسه ورکول. Listen to Getting Tested in PUNJABI ਟੈਸਟਿੰਗ ਇਸ ਸਮੇਂ ਹੇਠਾਂ ਦੇ ਲੱਛਣਾਂ ਵਾਲੇ ਲੋਕਾਂ ਲਈ ਉਪਲਬਧ ਹੈ, ਹਾਲਾਂਕਿ ਇਹ ਹਲਕੇ: ਬੁਖਾਰ, ਠੰ. ਜਾਂ ਪਸੀਨਾ, ਖੰਘ, ਗਲੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਖਰਾਸ਼, ਸਾਹ ਚੜ੍ਹਨਾ, ਨੱਕ ਵਗਣਾ, ਅਤੇ ਗੰਧ ਜਾਂ ਸੁਆਦ ਦੀ ਭਾਵਨਾ ਦਾ ਨੁਕਸਾਨ. Listen to Getting Tested in SAMOAN Suʻega o loʻo avanoa mo tagata o loʻo i ai i auga o loʻo i lalo nei, peitaʻi e le tigaina: fiva, maʻalili pe afu, tale, tiga faʻaʻi, manava puʻeina, tataʻe le isu, ma na le maua se manogi po o lona tofo. Listen to Getting Tested in TURKISH Şu anda aşağıdaki semptomları olan kişiler için testler mevcuttur, ancak hafif: ateş, titreme veya terleme, öksürük, boğaz ağrısı, nefes darlığı, burun akıntısı ve koku veya tat alma duyusu kaybı. Listen to Getting Tested in URDU فی الحال جانچ ان افراد کے ل is درج ذیل علامات کے ساتھ دستیاب ہے ، تاہم اس میں ہلکا سا: بخار ، سردی لگ رہی ہے یا پسینہ آنا ، کھانسی ، گلے میں خراش ، سانس کی قلت ، ناک بہنا ، اور بو یا ذائقہ کا احساس کم ہونا۔.

[s]Covid 19 information in Audio [/s]

Covid 19 information in Audio

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Services Australia (formerly Centrelink) have made information available in audio format for easy listening and understanding.

You can listen to advice about Coronavirus in your language (Arabic, Cantonese, Dari, Dinka, Fijian, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Nepalese, Punjabi, Tagalog, Urdu and Vietnamese).

You can listen to Economic Support Payments and coronavirus supplement (Arabic, Assyrian, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Persian (Farsi), Serbian).

Reporting Racism in Language

Recently there has been an upsurge in racist abuse and attacks in parts of the nation. In response, the Home Affairs Dept has prepared Fact Sheet entitled "Racism has no place in Australia" which has been translated to many languages. A selection of translations are given here for local community reading and, where necessary, taking of action against racism. Read more here

[s]Recent News[/s]

  • Multicultural Mental Health Forum

    Mental Health Foundation Australia The Mental Health Foundation of Australia will conduct an online seminar on Multicultural Mental Health featuring key leaders in the multicultural scene in Australia, on Tuesday 20th Oct 2020, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm AEDT.
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  • 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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  • Creative Writing Hub

    Creative Writing HubOur Creative Writing Hub is back for Term 4! Enjoy an excellent story by regular participant Richard below, based around three picture cards from Innovative Resource’s “Storycatching” card deck. Cards: under water, picnic, confined space. This is excellent English writing for those who have recently settled in Australia.
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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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  • Three New Cases – Covid-19 – In Shepparton

    Goulburn Valley HealthThree new COVID-19 cases, linked to the Chadstone cluster, have emerge in Shepparton, advises Goulburn Valley Health. Residents of Shepparton have been advised to be tested for COVID-19 and the department's Jeroen Weimar, who is in charge of testing, said authorities expected further cases would emerge in Shepparton and contact tracing has begun.
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  • 24-hour helpline for migrant women experiencing domestic and family violence in Australia

    Jaspreet SinghA 24-hour helpline for migrant women experiencing domestic and family violence in Australia has been launched by the Harman Foundation. The foundation primarily supports women from the Indian subcontinent in Australia. The new helpline (1800 11 66 75) is free and staffed by trained case managers and professional counsellors.
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  • New Rules on Wearing of Masks

    New Rules on Wearing of Masks

    Victorians have been wearing face masks for a while now, but the rules have changed as of today to make the public as safe as possible.

    Originally people were asked to use a face mask, scarf, bandana or face shield — but not anymore.

    Two weeks ago the Government said only fitted face masks would be allowed. Now, after a grace period, that rule will be enforced by Victoria Police.

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  • Local Council Elections

    VEC Voter EducationLocal council elections will be held in Victoria by post in October 2020. The Victorian Electoral Commission has mailed ballot packs to enrolled voters between Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 October. There will be special sessions online for CALD - people of different languages to learn how to vote in Council Elections.
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  • Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

    Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians

    The Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians is part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Skills Package, Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow.

    The program will continue to be delivered in Shepparton and surrounding locations which include: Mooroopna, Tatura, Kyabram, Echuca, Numurkah, Nathalia, Cobram and Yarrawonga.

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  • Migrants to Australia required to learn English to a ‘functional level’ under new rules

    Minister TudgeThe Federal Government is introducing an English language requirement for partner visa applicants. Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge says it will not be introduced until the middle of next year. Australians with partners overseas are worried about the changes.
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  • Three arrested in Shepparton over “forced marriage”

    forced marriage arrests Australian Federal Police (AFP) have arrested three people over the alleged forced marriage of a young Victorian woman who was later allegedly murdered by her husband in Perth. The AFP alleges the trio coerced Ruqia Haidari into a forced marriage.
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  • Partner Visa: English language test announced

    Amelia ElliotProspective migrants to Australia applying through the partner visa program will have to undergo a mandatory English language test under new measures announced in this week's federal budget. At a multicultural media briefing on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the test would ensure prospective partner visa holders were able to independently access government and health services and seek help when needed.
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  • Stories of Migrant Refugee resettlement in regional Australia

    Big Smoke and resettlementFrom The Big Smoke To The Bush "Stories Migrant And Refugee Resettlement" is an online conversation about migrant settlement in rural and regional Australia with several guest speakers, on Thursday, 15 October 2020 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM AEDT.
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[s]Translated resources – coronavirus (COVID-19)[/s]

DHHS LogoThe Department of Health and Human Services (Victoria) has updated its provision of translated resources to the CALD community. Here, we provide a selection supplied by DHHS for local use. The translated pages are completely in the languages indicated (ie., there is no English.)
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