New voice for people from multicultural communities with a disability

Athena PapadotosWhen you can’t speak English well and also have a disability, speaking up for yourself to ensure fair treatment can be more than a challenge. Athena Papadatos is Shepparton’s first multicultural peer advocate for people with a disability. “My job is to empower people with a disability from multicultural backgrounds to speak up for themselves,” she said.

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Expressions of Interest – Emergency Management Multicultural Advisory Committee

Emergency Management Multicultural Advisory CommitteeThe Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is working with Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and the Department of Health (DH) on an Emergency Management Project to support emergency preparedness and resilience among migrant and refugee communities. Expressions of interest are invited from members of migrant and refugee backgrounds and have strong networks within at least one migrant or refugee community.

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Regional Leaders gathering sets a new path for ethnic communities’ councils in Victoria.

regional meetingThe Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) held a gathering of Victorian regional ethnic communities’ councils over two days in April, hosted by the Ethnic Council of Shepparton & District in Shepparton.

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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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Meet Athena Papadatos, Disability Advocate for CALD Communities at the ECCV

Athena Papadatos“ECCV has expanded its Disability Advocacy work in CALD communities to regional Victoria after achieving great success with our initial Disability Advocacy position in Dandenong. We’re pleased to welcome Athena Papadatos to our team in Shepparton,” said Eddie Micallef, ECCV Board Chairperson.

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Self Advocacy Training and Feast for Ethnic people with disability

Self Advocacy TrainingThe Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and Diversity and Disability (DnD) share a belief that the most effective advocacy comes from people with a lived experience and therefore disability advocacy is strongest coming from people with disability. There will be a Self Advocacy Training and Feast for Ethnic people with disability at the Foodstore, Fryer St, Shepparton on Wednesday, 3 December, 2019.

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Multicultural Community Perspectives on Disability and the NDIS

The World is OursThe Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) consulted with migrant and refugee community members to identify what facilitates or hinders access to the NDIS and other disability services for them, their families, and their communities. ECCV wanted to better understand if and how the NDIS has improved the lives and wellbeing of Victoria’s culturally diverse communities. It was found that many community members face significant difficulties accessing appropriate disability services, lack adequate knowledge, and are currently prevented from participating and reaching their full potential in society.

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Multicultural Aged Care in Regional Victoria

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria logoThe ability to access care is essential for the health and wellbeing of culturally diverse older people living in regional Victoria. The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria believes that further research is needed to assess service gaps to culturally diverse seniors in regional Victoria. A number of gaps and barriers to equitable aged care for culturally diverse older people in regional Victoria are simply unaddressed. This report summary identifies key areas and recommendations for improvements to Aged Care for Culturally Diverse residents in regional Victoria.

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