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Eastern Multicultural News

    Eastern Multicultural News

    A.B.N. 27 084 251 669 EDITION 25 June 2003


    MIC in Rowville

    Wanling Zhang from the Migrant Information Centre will be available to assist migrants and refugees every Friday morning at the Rowville and District Neighbourhood House, 20 Fulham Road, Rowville.

    Wanling is a settlement caseworker and she can assist migrants and refugees with information, support and free migration advice. To make an appointment, phone the MIC on 9873 1666.

    For further information, contact Wanling on telephone 9873 1666 or Email

    DIMIA Review of Settlement Services

    The Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has released the report of the review of settlement services, which is available on their web site

    The report includes an executive summary including 61 recommendations that have been endorsed by Government and 14 chapters including: The Policy Context, The Global Context, The Demographic Context, The Settlement Experiences of New Arrivals, The Role of DIMIA-Funded Settlement Services, Mainstream Services, Settlement Planning, The Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy, The Community Settlement Services Scheme, Migrant Resource Centres and Migrant Services Agencies, The Adult Migrant English Program, The Translating and Interpreting Service, Performance and Accountability and Investing in Settlement.

    Discussion Group for Cambodian Parents

    The MIC CONNECT Project in partnership with the Cambodian Welfare Association will hold a discussion group with Cambodian parents to identify issues for parenting young people in Australia. The issues will be used to develop a parenting program to support parents and link them into the local community.

    thThe session will be held at 10am to 1pm (including lunch) on Wednesday 11 June

    2003 at the Cambodian Welfare Association, 355-357 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.

    For further information, please contact Sutapa Hossain or Judy McDougall on 9873 1666 or Email: or

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

    Employment Forum for the Iranian Community

    The MIC will hold a forum for the Iranian community on how to find work, where to look for jobs and employee rights and obligations in the workforce. The speaker will be Mike Layne from Spectrum Employment.

    rdThe forum will be held at 7.30pm to 9pm, Tuesday 3 June 2003, at the Whitehorse

    Centre, Level 3, Forest Hill Chase, Canterbury Road, Forest Hill. To register or for further information, please contact Safieh Loulagar on telephone 9873 1666 or Email:

    Health and Aged Care Working Group

    The next meeting of the Health and Aged Care Working Group will be held at 9.30am thto 11.30am, Wednesday 18 June 2003 at the MIC, 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham.

    All service providers in health and aged care services are invited to attend the meeting which identifies service gaps and projects for CALD communities accessing the health and aged care service system. The guest speaker at the next meeting will be Pip Krogh, the MIC Project Worker for the PCP CALD Communities Project. Pip will provide an overview of the outcomes of the project, which will be completed on th25 July 2003.

    For further information, please contact Judy McDougall on telephone 9873-1666 or Email:

    Inter-Faith Meeting for Manningham

    The MIC in partnership with Young Muslims of Australia Umma Doncaster Branch will hold an inter-faith meeting of religious leaders to develop a community event that aims to increase understanding of Islam and to promote harmony and multiculturalism within the local community.

    thThe meeting will be held at 1pm to 2.30pm on Wednesday 18 June 2003 at the

    Migrant Information Centre, 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham.

    For further information, please contact Judy McDougall on 9873 1666 or Email:

    Chinese Family Health Day

    thThe MIC will hold a Chinese Family Health Day at 11am to 4pm on Saturday 28

    June 2003 at the Nunawading Sports and Recreation Centre, Silver Grove, Nunawading. The day will include speakers on healthy eating and services for the Chinese community as well as a badminton competition for the whole family and lunch.

    To RSVP or for further information, please contact the MIC on 9873-1666.

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:


    Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria’s New Multicultural Newsletter

    Alzheimer‟s Australia Victoria has published a new biannual multicultural newsletter as part of an ongoing multicultural project, which commenced late 2001. Multicultural News was developed to inform service providers about a range of initiatives and programs for people affected by dementia from CALD backgrounds. Examples of the important articles in the newsletter are summarised in this edition of Eastern Multicultural News.

    If you would like more information on the Multicultural Project or a copy of the newsletter, please contact Natalija Nesvadba, Multicultural Project Officer.

    Information about Dementia in Community Languages

    Alzheimer‟s Australia has recently translated six Help Sheets: “What is Dementia?”, “Diagnosing Dementia”, “Early Planning”, “Taking a Break”, and “Changed Behaviours” into six community languages: Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Polish and Vietnamese.

    To obtain these resources contact Dementia Helpline on 1800 639 331. If you would like more information about other initiatives for people with dementia, their families and carers of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds contact Natalija Nesvadba on (03) 9815 7800 or

    Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria Training & Information Sessions

    Alzheimer‟s Australia Victoria provides training for carers of people with dementia as

    well as respite workers. The training consists of six sessions for carers and 8 sessions for respite workers. A new course providing training for carers and family thmembers of Italian background will commence on Friday 13 June 2003 at Moreland

    Community Health Service in Coburg. To register contact Melanie Skillen on phone 9815 7800

    Alzheimer‟s Australia Victoria also offers two 3-hour education sessions for HACC

    workers from CALD backgrounds who work with clients from CALD backgrounds. Interpreters can be provided. For more information, contact Paula Bain, Education Officer on 9815 7800.

    Alzheimer‟s Australia provides a free 2-hour information session to community

    groups. Interpreters can be provided. For more information contact Paula Bain or Natalija Nesvadba on 03) 9815 7800.

    Manningham’s Multicultural Leisure Expo

    Get to know your neighbours in Manningham whilst enjoying fun and fitness in a thmulticultural program. The expo will take place at 9.30am to 2pm on Friday 27 June

    2003 at the Donvale Indoor sports Centre, 360 Springvale Road, Donvale.

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

    Members of recently arrived communities are invited to an action and fun filled multicultural program including dancing, sporting activities, games, community information and craft displays.

    Entertainment includes Middle Eastern Oud, Greek dancing and opera singing. Come meet the people and sample the food. Places are limited and bookings are essential. The cost is by a gold coin donation.

    To register or for further information, please contact Laurel or Fatima on 98415044.

    Manningham Multicultural Seniors Club Outings

    Manningham Senior Citizen‟s clubs have organised multicultural outings for all elderly people. Combined multicultural outings in June to December 2003 include:

    thFriday 20 June: Federation Square and cruise to the Docklands thFriday 25 July: Kinglake and the Yarra Valley thFriday 29 Aug: Made on the Family farm (West Gippsland) thFriday 26 Sept: Nagambie wineries and Goulburn River Cruise st Friday 31 Oct:Around the bay in a Day thFriday 28 Nov: The Big Bouquet (Yarra Ranges) thFriday 19 Dec: Melbourne at Night (includes Christmas lights)

    Costs range from $15 to $29 per person. All Senior Club Members are welcome. Contact your nearest Seniors Club or phone 9841 5044 to find out more

    Expo and Forum - Embrace the Changes in Your Life

    The Migrant Settlement Committee (Eastern Region) is holding an information expo for older people at the Centre Court area, Box Hill Central (near the Post Office) ththbetween 10am and 4pm on Thursday 19 June and Friday 20 June. A range of

    organisations will be present to provide information.

    A free forum with a panel of specialist guest speakers, providing information such as legal information, healthy ageing and being a carer will also be held at Box Hill Senior thCitizens Centre, 79 Carrington Rd, Box Hill at 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 19 June


    For more information contact Wina at the Migrant Information Centre on 9873 1666 or Louise at the City of Whitehorse on 9262 6516.

    Strength Training for Chinese Residents in Manningham

    The Manningham Community Health Centre is commencing new classes for Chinese residents on Wednesdays in Bulleen. The classes will commence in June 2003. For further information contact Catherine Tan on phone 9848 2424.

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

    Understanding Aged Care Services - A Forum for Ethnic Communities This forum organised by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) and Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) will provide an overview of the following service options:

    ; Home and Community Care (HACC)

    ; Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs)

    ; Residential Care low and high level

    Who should attend? Representatives of ethnic community organisations and groups as well as interested individuals. The forum will be held at 9am to 1pm including rdlunch on Tuesday 3 June 2003 at Hawthorn Campus, University of Melbourne,

    Auburn Rd Hawthorn.

    If you would like to attend or would like more information please call: Alex Butler on 9349 4122 or Ljubica Petrov on 9398 2354. Please note it is important that all people attending register for the session.


    ESL Classes at Bulleen and Templestowe Community House

    Bulleen and Templestowe Community House (BATCH) is offering classes for adults from non-English speaking backgrounds who need to improve their reading, writing and oral skills. A separate conversation class is also offered for those wishing to improve their English speaking/conversation skills.

    For more details or to enrol, contact BATCH on 9850 3687.

    ESL Classes at North Ringwood Community House

    Improve your English writing, speaking, listening and reading skills with our experienced ESL tutors. Includes pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary, practical writing skills and strategies to improve listening skills. Relevant cultural issues are covered. The classes are small, friendly and fun.

    Classes are held 12pm to 3pm Mondays for Certificates 1 and 2 and 9am to 12.30pm on Fridays for Certificates 3 and 4. Childcare is not available on Mondays. Students can enrol at any time. The cost is $30 per term for 1 session per week. To enrol or for further information, please phone Anne Burgoyen on 9876 3421 or Email


    Health Seminars for Men

    Traditionally it has not been viewed as very masculine to place a high priority on health. What these seminars want to encourage is that it is not unmanly but rather responsible for men to look after their health.

    The City of Monash, Lions Club of Wheelers Hill, MonashLink Community Health Service and Greater South Eastern Division of General Practice are holding two seminars.

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm thDate: Wednesday 4 June; “Coping with Stress/Anxiety” thWednesday 18 June; “Understanding and Dealing with Depression”

    Venue: South One Theatre, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton

    For bookings, phone the City of Monash, Health Services on phone 9518-3624 or Email:

    Health Translations Online Directory - Better Health Channel

    The Better Health Channel has been funded by the Victorian Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department for Victorian Communities to develop the Health Translations Online Directory, a centralised directory of online translated health information. The Health Translations Online Directory will operate as a valuable resource for

    health professionals and consumers looking for translated health information. It will help to make translated health information more accessible to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds assisting them to make informed decisions about their health.

    Health professionals will be able to find and download online translated fact sheets for clients in preferred language other than English. They will also be able to link to other multilingual resources. The database has been designed to retrieve translated health information across topics and languages.

    This multilingual portal will provide links to translated health information in Victoria as well as interstate. The project is part of the Government‟s Language Services Strategy, which aims to make strategic improvements to language services. How can your organisations participate in the Project?

    To enhance the accessibility of translated health information, the Better Health Channel is currently in the process of undertaking an audit of all translated health information across the state of Victoria.

    If your organisation has developed resources in languages other than English that are currently being used, or if you are using multilingual resources developed by another agency then contact the Better Health Channel to share this valuable resource.

    The Health Translation Online Directory aims to reduce the future duplication of

    multilingual resources and enhance the sharing of information across the health sector.

    For further information, please contact Katherine Danylak, Project Manager on 9616 2679 or Carlo Campora Project Officer on 9616 1397 or Email or

    Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health Training Programs

    The training sessions facilitated by the CEH in June 2003 include:

    Planning for Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Needs

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

    This course provides workers with the skills to identify and plan for the health needs of this group. A Primary Care Partnership (PCP) Framework developed by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and CEH informs this module. Learning Objectives:

    ; Developing an understanding of the migration history and demographic characteristics of refugee and asylum seeker communities.

    ; Identifying populations and health needs through data collection and analysis. ; Developing an understanding of how to effectively incorporate refugee and asylum seeker health needs in program/organisational and PCP health plans.

    Time: 9am to 1.30pm

    Date: Friday, June 13, 2003

    Venue: Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health, 23 Lennox Street, Richmond

    Cost: $60 (excluding GST), 10% discount for participants of three sessions

    or more.

    For further information or bookings, contact CEH on telephone 9420 1367 or Email To view the CEH training calendar for 2003 or to register on line contact

    ADEC Training Programs

    ADEC are facilitating three training modules to promote the provision of culturally relevant services in disability, aged care and primary health services. In June 2003, Module 2 will be held. Details are:

    Communication across cultures

    Participants have the opportunity to understand language services and to assist communication with people who speak English as a second language. We also examine body language across cultures, engaging interpreters effectively and preparation of material for translation.

    This module targets staff approaching communication at an introductory level, or those who require a refresher in this area.

    Time: 9.30am to 1.30pm thDate: 18 June 2003

    Venue: ADEC, 13 Munro Street, Coburg

    Cost: $99 (including GST)

    To register, contact ADEC on telephone 9383 5566.

    Community Based Rehabilitation Options Workshop

    ADEC and VICSERV invite metal health service coordinators and workers to attend a workshop to discuss options for community-based rehabilitation and support for people from ethnic communities. The details for the session are:

    thDate: 10 June 2003

    Time: 9am to 12:30pm

    Venue: VICSERV, 370 St. Georges Road, Fitzroy North

    thTo RSVP or for further information please contact ADEC on 9383 5566 by 6 June

    (Morning tea will be provided).

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

Healthy Families Here & Now: The impact of migration on the emotional

    wellbeing of migrants and refugees.

    thA community Forum to will be held on the 24 of June, identifying the service needs

    of new arrivals in the Manningham area. A report containing evidence-based recommendations for providing culturally appropriate services will be launched on the day.

    Venue: Bulleen & Templestowe Community Centre Hall, Ted Ajani Reserve, Thompsons Road, Lower Templestowe

    Time: 9:30am to12:30pm followed by entertainment and a multicultural lunch. Cost: Free thRSVP: By the 17 June, Women‟s Health East on 9879 2199 or 9845 8028.

    DHS Core Health Promotion short Course 2003

    The core health promotion short Course is a practical introduction to the principles and practice of health promotion. The Course aims to increase participants‟ confidence to integrate health promotion into their own work practices. The course consists of five modules over five days from 9:30am to 4:30pm each day. There is no charge.

    ththIn June, the course commences on Thursday 12 June, Monday 16 June, Thursday thth19 June, Tuesday 24 June, Friday 27 June at the Box Hill Golf Club, Station St, Box Hill. Participants would be expected to attend all days, as each module is a prerequisite for the next module. A course is also available in July. To register for the course or for further information, contact Nerida Joss on phone 9251 7203 or Email

    CALD Project Cultural Planning Training Program

    Health Promotion Fundamentals

    Health Promotion Fundamentals is an introduction course to health promotion practice ideal for staff and managers that will be presented by the Central East PCP Health Promotion Advisory Group. The session will be held at 9.30am to 1.30pm on ndWednesday 2 July 2003 at the Whitehorse Community Health Service Mitcham, 1-5 Station Street, Mitcham. Lunch will be provided.

    To Register contact Pip Krogh at the Migrant information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) on phone 9873 1666 or Email

    Women’s Health Conference 2003 - Moving in From the Margins

    This year the conference theme will focus on identifying good practice health promotion models for enhancing the emotional health and well being of women. The day will consist of a variety of keynote speakers, workshops, poster presentations and the launch of the Women‟s Health East strategic plan by the Minister for Health, Bronwyn Pike. For further information visit

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

    ndThe conference will be held at 9am to 4.30pm on 2 July 2003 at the Whitehorse

    Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading. The cost for organisations is $80, individuals $50 and concession $20. thTo Register before 20 June, contact Women‟s Health East on phone 9879 2199 or

    9845 8000.

    Chinese Childbirth Education Program

    Birralee Maternity Unit at Box Hill Hospital is committed to respond to the needs of the pregnant woman and her family unit. The innovative Chinese Childbirth Education Program is tailor-made to meet individual and cultural needs. The program is available in both Cantonese & Mandarin.

    Each program runs for three sessions over three Saturdays, and each session lasts stfor 2 hours. The next Cantonese program will start from the 21 June 2003 and the

    Mandarin program from July 2003 at Birralee Maternity, Box Hill Hospital, Nelson Road, Box Hill. The cost is $60 per couple.

    To enrol or for further information, please contact Nancy Yuen, Multicultural Health Coordinator, on 9895 4662 or Email

    TRANX Professional Development Sessions

    th12 June 2003: Relaxation Training

    Venue: Canterbury Stress Management Centre, 5/208 Canterbury Road (enter from Wattle Valley Road)

    Cost: $40 (plus $4 GST)

    This two hour workshop will train participants in a number of different relaxation techniques that can be used with clients. The workshop will discuss the usefulness of relaxation in assisting clients with anxiety and sleep problems and address some common barriers to successful relaxation.

    For further information or to book your place, please contact Tomi Redman at TRANX on Ph: 9889 7355, Fax: 9889 1022 or via post: P.O. Box 186, BURWOOD 3125.

    Monash Alcohol and Drug Services Expo

    As part of the Monash Alcohol and Drugs strategy, the City of Monash is conducting an Expo in June this year as part of Victorian Drug Action week.

    The aim of the Expo is to provide parents and teachers, of both primary and secondary students, with information concerning young people and alcohol. Themes will include the nature and impact of alcohol (and to a lesser extent cannabis and party drugs), communication with young people, the marketing of alcohol to adolescents and services that are available.

    A panel will discuss a range of issues and there will be ample opportunity for questions. Additionally there will be a number of fun activities such as a „Standard

    Drink Test‟, competitions, „Fatal Vision Goggles‟, ambulance demonstrations, exhibits, information, advice, and giveaways.

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

    thThe expo will be held at 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesday 25 June at the Monash Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley. For further information, contact Daniel Pediaditis (Alcohol and Drugs Project, Monash

    City Council) on 9561 7359.

    Other expos on alcohol and young people will be held in: Venue: Knox Community Health Centre, 1063 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully thDate: Wednesday 4 June

    RSVP: Katrina 9298 8000

    Venue: Whitehorse Council Chambers, 379-397 Whitehorse Rd , Nunawading thDate: Tuesday 17 June

    RSVP: Warren 9262 6332

    Venue: Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster thDate: Wednesday 18 June

    RSVP: Tilak 9840 9426

Venue: Yarra Vally Vineyard, 60 Cave Hill Rd, Lilydale rdDate: Monday 23 June

    RSVP: Marion 9294 6338

    Venue: Hawthorn Town Hall, 358 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn Date: Thursday 26 June

    RSVP: Celeste 9278 4751

    The Central East Primary Care Partnership

    CALD Communities Project

    The small grants program of the CALD Communities Project is a one-off small grants

    scheme to encourage local agencies to embed best practice in working with CALD sttcommunities into their services. The program, which closed on 31 March, attracted

    14 submissions totalling $44,498. An independent panel assessed the applications

    with 7 projects being funded for a total of $20,000. The following agencies/projects were funded. ; Manningham Community Health Service Infant Massage Program for

    Chinese Mothers

    ; Do Care Let’s get out – Social Support Outings for a Cambodian Elderly Group.

    ; Royal District Nursing Service - Care of the Catheter A client/carer education

    package in Chinese.

    ; Whitehorse Division of General Practice - Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health

     Training for General Practice

    ; Centre for Philippine Concerns Australia Inc. - Philipino Kami: A Practical

    Guide to Promoting HACC Services to Older Filipinos and their Families.

    ; City of Whitehorse, Youth Connexions - Sports Expo for newly arrived and

    migrant youth

    ; Monash Volunteer Resource Centre - Senior Citizen’s Register for the CALD


    A full summary of the successful applications will be available on the CE PCP

    website at a later date.

    Eastern Multicultural News is prepared and distributed by the Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne), 333 Mitcham Road, Mitcham 3132 Ph: 9873 1666, Fax: 9873 2911, E-mail:

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