e-Bulletin February 2011

News and Events1. Call for Abstracts – Primary Health Care (PHC) Conference – closing date 11 March. This conference held in July in Brisbane is convened by the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service (PHCRIS) and will include a blend of plenary sessions, workshops, symposia, poster and paper sessions with presenters from Australia and overseas. For more information see www.phcris.org.au/conference/2011/index.phpVRHN would like to encourage people doing research in refugee health to consider submitting an abstract.2. “The Primary Care Needs of Refugees” workshop will be presented by Dr. I-Hao Cheng at the Reforming Urban Primary Care forum on Thursday 24 February. Hosted by the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU) this forum is designed to illuminate the challenges of delivering equitable, high quality primary care to Australian urban communities.  Spaces are strictly limited, please RSVP to Lisa Short as soon as possible on 8792 1900 or at . For further information about the research covered at the forum see the SAPCRU website: www.med.monash.edu.au/general-practice/research/sapcru.html


3. Oral Health Resource Kit for Culturally and Linguistically Diversity (CALD) Communities.Developed by Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV), this 39 page booklet would be useful for all health professionals and aims to assist practitioners to provide high quality services to CALD communities by bringing together a directory of useful resource links and contact details. Visit the DHSV website for a copy.

 4. Free – Multilingual Health Education Sessions. The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is a women only health service which is committed to improving the health of immgrant and refugee women around Australia. Bookings for education sessions for March – June and July – December are currently being taken. MCWH is keen to promote their sessions to immigrant and refugee women who may not have had the opportunity to talk about health issues in their own language before.

5. DVD – “Hear Our Voice: Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health Care.” Developed by Multicultural Mental Health Australia this resource aims to help mental health services, consumers and carers understand how culture can impact on perceptions of mental illness and recovery, and encourage their participation in mental health advisory groups. For more information email

Professional Development

6. Foundation House’s Learning and Professional Development Calendaris now available. In Semester 1 2011, Foundation House is offering a variety of courses including a new seminar series on Masculinity, Refugee Flight and Resettlement and professional development for nurses such as courses in Responding to the Psychological Impact of Torture and Trauma and an Intensive Introduction to Refugee Health Assessment and Care.  Visit www.foundationhouse.org.au or call Georgia on 9389 8914 for further information.

7. The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health’s Training Calendar is now available. Throughout 2011, the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) is running a number of training courses for health, government and community sector employees on topics such as sustained engagement with CALD communities, social marketing, language services and working with interpreters. For further information visit www.ceh.org.au or call 9342 9714.

Research / Reports

8.Sundram, S. (2010). Chronic disease, acculturation and mental health. Diversit-e, 3, 13 – 14. This article reports on findings of a research project looking at the relationship of depression and anxiety in people with chronic physical health problems, and what role acculturation plays in that association.

9. Jackson Bowers, E. & Cheng, I. (2010). Meeting the primary health care needs of refugees and asylum seekers. PHCRIS Research Roundup, December issue, 16. This discussion paper examines the health needs and associated primary health care challenges for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and highlights the need for new models of primary health care that can provide critical services for refugees and asylum seekers.

10. Sister2sister evaluation now available. Sister2sister is a health education program for young women which enables them to learn about sexual and reproductive health issues with female peers and community workers. The program was developed by the Multicultural Health & Support Service, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Centre for Multicultural Youth and makes use of the traditional ways of sharing information in African cultures. The evaluation of the Sister2sister pilot program, run in 2009, is now available from the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health website.