In this August issue:
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Update from Services AustraliaNew resources from Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Webinars, information sessions, and professional development opportunities!
 Research, news and events   COVID-19 Vaccination Update-Department of Health As of Monday 2nd of August 2021, state-run vaccination centres will administer the second dose of Pfizer vaccine at least 6 weeks after the first dose. For more information on this, visit here.

Free taxi travel to vaccine appointments at state-commissioned vaccination centres will be available to anyone who receives a Government benefit through Centrelink (except Family Tax Benefit). This service can be accessed by calling the hotline on 1800 675 398. The taxi booking will be made at point of vaccination booking.

Skills for Education and Employments (SEE) & COVID-19 Disaster Payment – Services Australia
On 1 July 2021, the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) eligibility criteria has changed with customers no longer needed to get a qualifying support payment to be eligible to participate in SEE

The COVID-19 Disaster Payment factsheet is now available in 56 languages, and can be located here. If you wish to access more Information in your language by product click here.

For more support people can
•    Call 131 202 to speak to Services Australia in your language about Centrelink payments and services
•    Go here to read, listen, or watch information in your language
•    Go here for more information about the COVID-19 Disaster Payment in English

NDIS Update – Independent Assessments
The federal government announced that it will not push forward with its plan to roll out independent assessments. This  comes after disability advocates have been campaigning against the changes for months.

For Disability community advocates  this a win with the state and territory disability ministers stopping  controversial reforms to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds says disability ministers will work together on a new assessment model as introducing assessments in some form is important “fairness and equity” in accessing NDIS

More on this could be found here

New Resources from Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Read more about Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH)’s latest resources:
– Parenting guide for the first week of life fact sheets in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Simplified Chinese, Chin Hakha, Farsi, Hindi, Karen, Oromo, Somali, Urdu and Vietnamese here
– Syphilis fact sheets in Arabic, Chinese Simplified and Vietnamese here
– Cervical screening video in Punjabi and Tamil here
– Be kind to your mind fact sheets in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Farsi, Hakha Chin, Karen, Nepalese, Oromo and Tigrigna here

Other resources as well as more information on these resources can be found here.

Call MCWH on 1800 656 421 to discuss your needs and they will send you women’s health information for free  
Professional Development & Training
Foundation House Course: Trauma-informed Practice for Managers and Leaders
This workshop will explore the unique challenges faced by managers and leaders in organisations supporting traumatised people by taking an in-depth look at the most effective processes and practices required to create an organisational environment primed to support trauma recovery work. The course will run on Thursday 19 August from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The course will be held onsite at Foundation House Brunswick, subject to health advice – otherwise live on Zoom.

The course provides an understanding of a trauma-informed practice and how it can be applied in organisations. It explores the culture, systems, processes, and practices required in a trauma-informed organisations. Moreover, the course also includes understanding change management through a trauma -informed lens.

Fee: $270

This course is suitable for professionals working with people from refugee backgrounds including psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, youth workers, education and early years workers etc.

Further information and registrations HERE  

Foundation House Course: Incidental Counselling with Survivors of Trauma
This workshop will provide skills for those not formally trained as counsellors, but who are in a role working with people from refugee backgrounds where counselling may be an incidental part of the work. The course will run on August 26 & September 2 from 9:30am to 3:30pm. The course will be held onsite at Foundation House Brunswick, subject to health advice – otherwise live on Zoom.

The course provides an understanding of the social and political context affecting work with clients as well as other practice related content. It explores ways of working with individuals who have experienced torture and other traumatic experiences at different stages of their psychosocial and cognitive development.

Fee: $410

This course is suitable for those working in settlement, education, youth work, casework, housing, employment, welfare, health, community service etc.

Further information and registrations HERE    
About the Victorian Refugee Health Network
The Victorian Refugee Health Network brings together health, settlement and community services to be more accessible and responsive to the needs of people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum. The e-Bulletin provides a regular forum to share news, resources and information to support practitioners and services in providing health care to people from refugee backgrounds.  
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You can contact the Victorian Refugee Health Network secretariat at info@refugeehealthnetwork.org.au. You can subscribe to the e-Bulletin here.    
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