VMC | SCREENING | Winning films from VMC Film Festival 2019 | Saturday 15-16 June 2019

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VMC Film Festival 2019 saw some incredible everyday stories of multiculturalism hit the big screen as part of a spectacular evening of cinema showcasing emerging and established filmmakers.

If you missed the event, visit the Immigration Museum this weekend to see the winning films screening every hour. See the stories come to life as part of a free exhibition.

Where: Theatrette, Immigration Museum Melbourne, 400 Flinders Street Melbourne.

Find out more

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171

MCAN | GATHERING | Community HIV Forum | 20 June 2019 | 4.30-6.30pm

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To celebrate World Refugee Day, the Multicultural Community Action Network (MCAN) is holding a forum in collaboration with the Multicultural Sexual Health Network.

MCAN ran a successful panel and Q&A session for World AIDS Day 2018, where the knowledge needs of migrant and refugee communities relating to HIV were highlighted. This upcoming forum will explore this further and provide service providers with an opportunity to hear the questions, concerns and experiences of community members related to HIV in Australia.

Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne.

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health
23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Rebecca Reeves, Community Projects Officer
Tel: (03) 9418 9920

CEH | ANNOUNCING | Health Literacy online training

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Trial our new health literacy online training in June for Free*

Why would you be interested?
Research tells us more than half Australians struggle to understand their health and our health care system. These Australians have a limited understanding of their bodies and how the health system works. This is made worse by over-complicated, jargon-riddled health communication.

Our new and innovative online course Health Literacy Essentials gives you the skills and knowledge to reduce confusion, communicate effectively and improve outcomes for your consumers.

Watch the Health Literacy explainer video

How does Health Literacy Essentials do this?
Health Literacy Essentials gives your staff the skills to communicate more effectively with consumers. It highlights issues caused by low health literacy and provides fun and engaging activities that let your staff practice the solutions. As soon as your staff finish the course they can start using what they’ve practiced to improve their work!

Health Literacy Essentials has four sections – each building on the knowledge of the last.

  • Health Literacy Introduction – This section compares health literacy to everyday situations. We use these comparisons to highlight what health literacy is and how it impacts health consumers.
  • Health Literacy In Depth – This section uses a fun quiz to detail the current state of health literacy in Australia and what it means for you.
  • Universal Precautions Approach –This section highlights the recommended approach to low health literacy through fun activities.
  • Plain Language Communication – This section gives you the opportunity to identify and practice using plain language communication including checking shared understanding.

Using this online training, you can quickly develop an organisation wide understanding of health literacy with minimum disruption to service provision. If this training is part of a wider initiative, you can leverage this training to support and maximise health literacy work at your organisation.

At CEH we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help you work better with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, call us to see how you can do this using eLearning.

To get one free license for your organisation, please email Anni Tillack-Benton.
Learn More

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
23 Lennox Street, Richmond, VIC 3121 Australia

COM | LIGHTING | Your night with Firelight Festival 2019 | Friday 28-Sunday 30 June 2019 | 5-10pm

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Flame jets, fire drums and nightly fireworks will keep you warm and entertained at Firelight Festival 2019 over the weekend of 28 to 30 June 2019.

Light up your night as Docklands is taken over by the glow of fire and over 40 free performances from around the globe each night  – from Bollywood dancers to a Mariachi band, and plenty more.

Be part of the festivities every night from 5.00pm - 10.00pm, including the new water and light show after dark.

Visitors will be able to indulge in some delicious, smoky, warm snacks from some of your favourite kitchens, including Limp Briskit, The Soup Factory and Frencheese.

Get the details at What’s On Melbourne

Firelight Festival
City of Melbourne
Tel: 03 9658 9658

A collaboration with partners Development Victoria, Docklands Chamber of Commerce, Foti Fireworks, Oracle Liquid and PRG Australia.

MLA | OFFERING | Telephone and online counselling service for men 1300 789 978

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MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns. 

Here to help anywhere, anytime.

MensLine Australia offers telephone, online chat and video counselling for men with family and relationship concerns.

The service is run by professionally trained counsellors, who are expert in men’s issues. You can speak to our counsellors about relationships, loss and grief, loneliness, depression, anxiety, trauma, mental illness, parenting concerns, wellbeing, and more. You can freecall 1300 78 99 78 from anywhere in Australia at a time that suits you.

MensLine Australia
Tel: 1300 789 978

MensLine Australia is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services

GOVA | ANNOUNCING | Elder Abuse: Everyone's Business Helpline 1800 353 374

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We're listening. You're not alone: 1800 ELDERHELP

Elder abuse may involve physical harm, misuse of your money, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or neglect.

1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374) is a free call phone number that automatically redirects callers seeking information and advice on elder abuse with the existing phone line service in their jurisdiction. The phone line has been established in collaboration with state and territory governments.

Elder abuse phone lines are not crisis support services, and operating hours and services vary across jurisdictions.

If you require immediate assistance in an emergency or life threatening situation, contact Triple Zero (000).

For assistance with other aged care issues, visit My Aged Care or call 1800 200 422.

Australian Government

A collaboration between the Australian, State and Territory Governments

1800RESPECT | PROVIDING | Confidential information, counselling and support | Reducing violence against women and their children | 24 hours x 7 Days

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Violence is never OK. It is a violation of human rights and negatively impacts a person’s physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

— 1 in 3 Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15
— 1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence
— 1 woman a week, on average, in Australia is killed by a current or former partner

Violence can be, but not always, of a physical nature. It includes other forms like verbal or emotional abuse, intimidating and controlling behavior that leaves the target disempowered, isolated and fearful.

Sometimes people aren’t even sure they are being subject to violence and therefore are reluctant to reach out.

Unaddressed Violence Affects All
Current research shows that most people experiencing sexual assault, domestic and family violence are women and girls. Men and boys are also impacted, victims of violence themselves or a loved one, for example their Mother, Sister, brother or friend.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence make contact with expert counselors who will be guided by a person’s needs and work together to identify the right services and support in your area.
Call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

In an emergency, call 000

Tel: 1800 737 732

1800RESPECT is funded by the Australian Government in partnership with Not-For-Profit specialist counseling providers.

NRW | GROUNDED | In Truth Walk Together with Courage | 27 May-3 June

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long called for a comprehensive process of truth-telling about Australia’s colonial history. Our nation’s past is reflected in the present, and will continue to play out in future unless we heal historical wounds.

At the heart of reconciliation is the relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To foster positive race relations, our relationship must be grounded in a foundation of truth.

Today, 80 per cent of Australians believe it is important to undertake formal truth telling processes, according to the 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer. Australians are ready to come to terms with our history as a crucial step towards a unified future, in which we understand, value and respect each other.

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage. This National Reconciliation Week, we invite Australians from all backgrounds to contribute to our national movement towards a unified future.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

An annual opportunity for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW)

ECCV | MINIMISING | Gambling Harm Forum | 6 June 2019 | Arrive 5pm for 5.30pm start

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Join in an important opportunity to be a part of a cutting edge conversation and an exercise in democracy.

5pm: Registration and refreshments
5.30-6.30pm: Televised discussion forum
6.30-7pm: Post forum interviews

Where: Capitol Theatre RMIT 113 Swanston St, Melbourne

Considerations: filmed

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Inc. (ECCV)

A Voice of Multicultural Victoria. As the peak policy advocacy body for ethnic and multicultural organisations in Victoria, we are proud to have been the key advocate for culturally diverse communities in Victoria since 1974.

VMC | INVITING | Expressions of interest to join the Commission | now open, CLOSING Friday 14 June 2019

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The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified, culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians to join the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Nine positions are available in total, including a full-time Chairperson, a part-time Deputy Chairperson, a part-time Youth Commissioner and multiple part-time Commissioners roles.
The roles will support the Commission as a vital conduit between diverse communities and the Victorian Government.

Successful applicants will support the Commission to:
  • investigate and report on systemic issues facing Victoria’s culturally and religiously diverse communities
  • advocate on behalf of communities
  • provide independent advice to the government to inform policy and legislation, as well as service delivery for Victoria’s multicultural communities.
  • advance multiculturalism and help ensure that diversity continues to enrich the Victorian community, and that our state is safe and inclusive for all Victorians.
The Victorian Government is committed to reflecting our community in the representation of government trusts and boards, and applications are encouraged from women, Aboriginal Victorians, young Victorians, Victorians living with a disability, and people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex, with a commitment to ensure that women are appointed to 50 per cent of all paid board and trust positions.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview, with positions expected to commence in August 2019.

Read about the positions and apply at:;;

Find out more about the role of Commissioners at

How to apply:
For more information about the Chairperson position, please contact Penny Wilson at SHK on +61 3 8620 8017, apply online at or send your CV and a concise cover letter to quoting reference JO-1905-26786. Direct and third party applications will be forwarded to SHK.

For Commissioner positions, apply before Friday 14 June 2019 via the website. All applications should include:
  • a resume
  • a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria (within three pages)
Victorian Multicultural Commission
Address: Level 9, 1 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171

ICM | CALLING | Women of Vision: Making Connections | 9am Sunday 9 June to 4pm Monday 10 June 2019

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An invitation to women from all religious and spiritual traditions to spend two days and one night in a peaceful venue, set in glorious bushland. 

Spend time in groups and alone to evolve your vision and build significant connections with other women from our multicultural State of Victoria.
  • All meals are vegetarian and all bedding and towels are provided.
  • Transport information and other details will be given upon Registration.
  • The residential workshop has been generously funded but is strictly limited to the number of places for accommodation. 
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Where: Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning, Frankston South

Bookings: Click here for more information and registration details
Or phone: 0400 228 146

The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne
Postal: PO Box 18355, Collins Street East, Melbourne Vic 3000 Australia 
Tel: (03) 9650 7163

CEH | GATHERING | M-CAN Forum | Catered dinner | Dancing | Panel discussion | Thursday 20 June 2019 | 4.30-6.30pm

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Join us to explore barriers and enablers to accessing HIV prevention services, and discuss emerging issues related to HIV prevention among refugee and migrant communities.

HIV treatment is available, yet the epidemic is not over...
...but HIV has still not been eradicated. Why?

There have been major scientific breakthroughs for HIV: PrEP, u=u
The panel discussion will be 45 minutes long with 30 minutes Q & A time.
There will also be dancers and the evening will be catered.

Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH)
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121 Australia

This is a collaborative event between Positive Living Victoria and Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

PPCG | CALLING | Women who want to get in control of their money? | Starting 25 July 2019 | Thursdays 9.30am-12.30pm

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Free 10 Week Course to Improve Financial Wellbeing for Women

Learn how to:
  • Set money goals
  • Tackle debt and build savings
  • Know where to go for help
  • Feel more confident about money.
Inclusions: Morning Tea provided

Bookings: Call 8598 6600 or email to sign up.

Port Phillip Community Group
161 Chapel St, St Kilda
Tel: (03) 8598 6600

PWR | ANNOUNCING | URI to Host International Conference on Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding | 26-27 June 2019

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Accelerating Peace: Interfaith Action and Global Peacebuilding will bring together grassroots interfaith peacebuilders, policy experts, and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the United Nations and international and interfaith organizations. 

Exploring issues of promoting interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and build cultures of peace, justice and healing in communities and countries around the world.

Parliament Chair, Audrey E. Kitagawa, will join the conference as a key panelists on Wednesday, June 26th and share the stage along with Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Radia Bakkouch, Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann, Michael G. Pappas and Rev. Victor Kazanjian in the program Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action.

The conference will also feature past Parliament keynotes like Valarie Kaur, the Right Rev. William E. Swing, Azza M. Karam, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, and Parliament Ambassador Jonathan Granoff.

Where: Hoover Institution, Stanford University campus, USA

Bookings: REGISTER TODAY! Online registration Closes on Friday, 14 June 2019

Parliament of the World's Religions
Address: 70 East Lake Street, Suite 320, Chicago, IL 60601 USA

United Religions Initiative (URI) is a key partner of the Parliament of the World’s Religions within the interfaith movement and in the pursuit of a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | June 2019


Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Coptic calendar 1735-1736.

Forgive the intrusion, this month's Grabs for personal consideration.

Let’s begin by sharing an insight:
“Character is what you are in the dark.” Dwight L. Moody (CE 1837-1899)
Discuss with sincerity. Deny untruth. Dismiss unuseful. Accept useful. Adapt to change. Adopt least effort most benefit. Adept with sharing. Enjoy throughout. As each case may be. Round. And again. Or not.

-- Media Words
-- TED Talks
-- Guest Sings
-- Street Jives
-- Wisdom Reconciles
-- Challenge Reflects

Approx 5 min reads

Julie Szego explores migration, diverse elation and collective commitment to improving teamwork on competing playing platforms, reasoning why “Footy mania has claimed the unlikeliest of victims - me” via The Age

Liam Mannix explores current medical thinking on brain, function and processes “How much of my brain do I use? And ... can I boost it?” via The Brisbane Times

Kerri Sackville explores how evidence based immersion learning transcends intellectualism, revealing that “It took a trip to the outback to teach me that I know nothing” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Pallavi Singhal explores an opportunity for scholastic settings to show their information gathering, critical thinking and technology prowess, announcing how “Students challenged to create their own newspapers” via The Age

Amanda Lyons explores how all Australians want a country they have a say in, calling for a respectful “Moving towards unity: Reconciliation Week 2019” via Australian Journal of General Practice

Nick Galvin explores nature, projection, expression and delight, seeing is believing as “Vivid Sydney 2019: Seeds of Andrew Thomas Huang's floral fantasy planted from afar” via The Age

Michael Fowler explores a roadside collaboration between road builders, councils and artists, revealing “Craigieburn warehouse painting the newest addition to Melbourne roadside art, EastLink collection” via The Brisbane Times

Madeleine Heffernan explores how skills learnt in education sector can be used in all areas of life, revealing how as a teacher “'You are responsible for their lives': lessons from my time as a chalkie” via The Age

Steve Dow explores identity, intersectionality and transmission when “YIRRAMBOI festival: Vicki Van Hout dance examines Indigenous culture as a commodity” via The Age

Carol Frost explores the value of timely kindness, truth and reflectiveness, sharing how in “Faith: My time is precious to me” via The Age

Tabi Gee explores a time-proven natural remedy for Sufferers of anxiety, reporting her personal findings with “The good soil: Put down that iPad and pick up a spade instead” via WA Today

Anthony Dennis explores time-proven trauma therapy for individuals with mass audience appeal, recounting “The unusual Cambodian circus in Siem Reap: Unmissable and unexpected entertainment” via

Carolyn Webb explores enduring value of skilful and timely leadership when overcoming trials and tribulations as “'Humanity hoisted above the humbug': Art critic's verdict on Ardern mural” via The Age

Cameron Woodhead explores segregation, absolutionism and radicalization, reviewing “Inside the minds just one click away from radicalisation” via The Brisbane Times

Julie Perrin explores the discovery of sharing stories with unexplained endings, in this article of “Faith: Leaving space to find meaning” via WA Today

Rebecca Puddy explores the value of empathy and generosity during communal grieving as "Aboriginal community gives gifts of sorrow to Islamic community after Christchurch shootings” via ABC

John Shand explores the value in living together with difference, learning how Maestro “Goran Bregovic is knitting the world back together, stitch by sonic stitch” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Yimou Lee writes of growing equality across a globalized world as “Love wins In first for Asia, Taiwan says yes to same-sex marriage” via The Brisbane Times

Hannie Rayson explores birthplace, journey, personal expression and different ingredients to make a place called home, reasons why “I feel free: Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon's journey from horror to hope” via The Age

Gabriella Coslovich explores the redemptive powers of truth, compassion and sharing pathways to a brighter shared future, listening to “Cries from the past inspire Deborah Cheetham's requiem for the lost” via WA Today

Michael Koziol recalls an example of leadership, lest we forget why “Bob Hawke became a hero to Chinese people with one instinctual decision” via WA Today

10-20min presentations

Vicky Schdeva: Navigating life as a third culture kid (13 mins)
Anthony Peterson: What I am learning from my white grandchildren -- truths about race (18 mins)
Natalia Ortiz Hazarian: The dark secret behind sexist advertisements (15 mins)
Eric Hirshberg with Norman Lear: An entertainment icon on living a life of meaning (19 mins)
Deeyah Khan: What We Don’t Know About Europe’s Muslim Kids and Why We Should Care (20 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation

Dolly Parton with Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Peace Train

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street and Tori Kelly: Try a Little Kindness

Approx 20 min presentation

What It's Like: 
An Australian show for young people in our community whose voices, stories and perspectives aren't often seen or heard.

To Be A 12 Year Old Girl (9 mins)
In this episode we hear what 12 year old girls like about themselves, and about their hopes and dreams for the future.

To Be A Refugee (8 mins)
In this episode we hear what it's like to be a refugee.

To Be Queer (9 mins)
In this episode we hear what it's like to be queer.

Approx 30 min presentation + reflection times

If desired, a short selection of publicly available material on a chosen theme for personal reflection.

For best results, sit comfortably with a straight back, have headphones in a shared space, after each clicked link, allow a little reflection with your personally-held view before clicking on the next link.

Get ready to Reflect!
Choose your playing level:
Be introduced at 1.
Be soothed at 2-4.
Be shocked at 5.
Be inspired at 6.
Fuller illumination 1-6.
And yes, its a repeat of an oldie and a goodie. Or not. You be the judge.

Cryptic Clue:
Where to look for love?

1. Inspire
2. Perspire
3. Collaborate
4. Engage: Test for personal circumstances, if useful keep, if unuseful discard, if exceeds needs, share mindfully
5. Endure: Adapt for present times without sacrificing intent
6. Endear: (Inspiring Others To Tend the Flame) live/ demonstrate/ inspire/ teach experience with others

From late Middle English; from Latin disrupt- = broken apart, from the verb disrumpere; dis- = expressing negation, denoting reversal/removal/separation/expulsion/intensification or stating absence of an action or state + rumpere = burst out, break.

1. interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem. Ie, flooding disrupted rail services.
2. drastically alter or destroy the structure of. Ie, alcohol can disrupt the chromosomes of an unfertilized egg.
3. introduced innovation or implementation of a new way of doing things. Ie, Apps like Airtasker and Airbnb connect by matching separated individuals to services, products or providers in new, fast and unforeseen ways.

From late Middle English; from Latin interrupt- = broken, interrupted, from the verb interrumpere, from inter- = between + rumpere = burst out, break.

1. stop the continuous progress of (an activity or process). Ie, the buzzer interrupted his thoughts.
2. stop (someone) by saying or doing something. Ie, ‘Of course …’ the teacher started until the student interrupted.
3. break the continuity of (a line or surface). Ie, the coastal plain is interrupted by chains of large lagoons.
4. obstruct (something, especially a view).

From late Middle English; via Old French reconcilier or Latin reconciliare, from Latin re- = back, intensifying, focused + conciliare = bring together.

1. restore friendly relations between. Ie, the Prime Minister and the Premiers were publicly reconciled. Ie, the child wanted to be reconciled with the parent.
2. settle (a quarrel). Ie, advice on how to reconcile conflict.
3. make or show to be compatible. Ie, any agreement had to be reconciled with the city's new international relations policy.
4. acceptance by someone of a disagreeable or unwelcome thing. Ie, the employee was reconciled to leaving.
5. make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed. Ie, it is necessary to reconcile cheque accounts to ensure computer records match bank records.


-- Chant Buddha Mantrastyle

One strategy to transform unlimited yearning is to learn and earn with all, some or sum of the above meanings. Or not. As the case may be.

This is universal basis of re:lig:ion (again:uniting:energy). Here in this email, we'll hear it as countless sounds: of thoughts, words and actions wishing, causing and receiving less Suffering and more Happiness. For benefit initially of the individual increasing in beneficiaries until it includes all across all times and directions.

It is not personal, it just the way things are.