CEH | RESOURCING | Improvement in health of people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

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This months resources include an upcoming FREE Spoken Communication Webinar, FREE World Hepatitis Day Resources, Disability & Discrimination Video Series Now Live and Health Translations News

Spoken Communication Webinar

At CEH we spend a lot of time thinking about how we can help you work better with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. We are running a FREE webinar on 15 August 2019.

The webinar, 5 Steps to Effective Spoken Communication combines proven health literacy and cultural competence strategies for effective client communication and will help you to improve spoken communication with clients.

For more information about the webinar and to register, please click here.

World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day is Sunday 28 July. It's estimated 290 million people across the world are living with viral hepatitis and do not know. Access all our free resources - videos, social media posts, brochures and more to help spread awareness about viral hepatitis.

Video Series: Disability & Discrimination

CEH has produced 4 videos, all of which tackle disability and discrimination through a cultural lens:

  • Down Syndrome & The Vietnamese Community (English, Vietnamese)
  • Multiple Sclerosis & The Muslim Community (English, Arabic)
  • Depression & The Croatian Community (English, Croatian)
  • Vision Impairment & The Muslim Community (English, Arabic)

All 4 videos are available to watch on YouTube and the CEH Knowledge Hub.

Health Translations News

The most recent Health Translations newsletter focused on multilingual resources about voluntary assisted dying, CALD carers, food labelling, allergic reaction to packaged food, e-safety for women, NDIS, palliative care, flu and Australian healthcare services. Read it here.

Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health
Address: 23 Lennox Street, Richmond VIC 3121 Australia
Email: CEH News <>

NADC | CALLING | Nominations for Australian of the Year | CLOSING 31 July 2019

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You know great people. You know their stories. Be great and nominate.

January 2020 will mark the 60th anniversary of the Australian of the Year Awards, honouring and celebrating great Australians from all walks of life. You can help find the 2020 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero in this significant anniversary year, simply by nominating someone whose achievements you acknowledge, recognise and admire.

The NADC and reconciliation
While acknowledging there is much more to do, the NADC is proud of making a contribution to reconciliation. The NADC have developed, and are committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan, an initiative of Reconciliation Australia which enables organisations to turn good intentions into actions.

NADC thanks the staff of Reconciliation Australia for helping us appreciate the importance of Reconciliation. With their support, we take pride in our leadership role and hope others will join us in making a contribution to the process. Read our Reconciliation Action Plan here.

Nominate at by 31 July 2019

National Australia Day Council (NADC)
Address: Old Parliament House, King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
Tel: 02 6120 0600

GOVV | INQUIRING | Sustainable Employment for Disadvantaged Jobseekers | Submissions closing 31 July 2019

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Examining issues including barriers to employment, how well current programs or activities are meeting needs, as well as interstate and overseas best practice models 

The Victorian Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee is inviting written submissions on the social and economic benefits of seeking to place disadvantaged jobseekers into sustainable employment.

Submissions Close: Written contributions are welcome by 31 July 2019.

Victorian Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee
State Government of Victoria
Tel: 03 86821 2822

GOVV | INQUIRING | The state of homelessness in Victoria

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The Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee is commencing an inquiry into the state of homelessness in Victoria. 

After 12 months' inquiry into, consideration and reporting, the report should in particular:

  • provide an independent analysis of the changing scale and nature of homelessness across Victoria;
  • investigate the many social, economic and policy factors that impact on homelessness; and
  • identify policies and practices from all levels of government that have a bearing on delivering services to the homeless.

The Committee will be investigating the many social, economic and policy factors that impact on homelessness with a view to identifying policies and practices from all levels of Government that contribute to delivering services to the homeless. 

Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee
State Government of Victoria (GOVV)
Tel: (03) 8652 2869

VWT | ENABLING | Grants for Women + Girls | Open NOW, closing midnight Monday 12 August 2019

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Full gender equality = a world where women and girls take up all of life’s opportunities with respect, safety and dignity.

Our Sub-Funds are now open for application. Each Sub-Fund is designed with specific purposes to help women and girls thrive.

Please ensure to read the Sub-Fund Grants Program Guidelines and Granting Ethos before starting an application.

Applications must be lodged no later than midnight Monday 12 August 2019

Trustees will make decisions by November/December 2019.

Victorian Women's Trust
Address: 9/313 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Tel: 03 9642 0422

BEBL | CAMPAIGNING | Reduce Anxiety. Take The Test

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Anxiety turns a thought like "they haven't replied" into endless worries.

Find out if it's anxiety talking. Take the test at


YATR | CALLING | Applications to Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program | opens Monday 1 July 2019

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The Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program provides $1 million of free advertising value to community organisations making a positive impact on diversity and inclusion in Melbourne.

All eligible community organisations are welcome to apply for a share in the advertising. We partner with eight organisations annually.

Applications for the 2020 program are open from Monday, 1 July 2019 to Friday, 26 July 2019! Visit the how to apply page to find out more.

Yarra Trams

S2b | ENGAGING | EARTH Art Exhibition | 2 July-31 August 2019

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EARTH is an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography, prints and ceramics with work from 14 different artists inspired by their love of the earth.  

The exhibition is on for 2 months from 2 July-31 August. Running at the same time will be several nurturing and nourishing workshops around theme of sustainability and reconnection with the Earth.


AIS | TALKING | Christianity, Hinduism and Islam at the Crossroads | Monday 22 July 2019 | 12noon-1.30pm

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It may seem that religions are competitors, wary and suspicious of one another. Though each tradition is different, we have in common the challenge to survive and thrive in a secular, pluralistic, and individualized world. How to be a Christian or Muslim or Hindu today? 

But in fact religions all are facing the challenge of secularization, the fact of a plurality whereby no religion can any more be a sole arbiter of a society’s values, and so too the waning of institutions, as faith becomes more private and individualized in many parts of the world.

We do well to learn interreligiously, talking with one another about our futures, the passing on of the faith, the meaning of religious education, and ways of being more deeply religious without violence or fear.

Professor Francis X. Clooney, a Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus, will reflect on the American scene, his teaching at Harvard University, and his many years of studying Hinduism, as a start for our conversation.

Speaker Biography
Francis X. Clooney, S.J., joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in 2005. He is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology. After earning his doctorate in South Asian languages and civilizations (University of Chicago, 1984), he taught at Boston College for 21 years before coming to Harvard.

His primary areas of Indological scholarship are theological commentarial writings in the Sanskrit and Tamil traditions of Hindu India. He is also a leading figure globally in the developing field of comparative theology, a discipline distinguished by attentiveness to the dynamics of theological learning deepened through the study of traditions other than one’s own. He has also written on the Jesuit missionary tradition, particularly in India, on the early Jesuit pan-Asian discourse on reincarnation, and on the dynamics of dialogue and interreligious learning in the contemporary world.

He is a Roman Catholic priest and has been a member of the Society of Jesus for 50 years. He serves regularly in a Catholic parish on weekends. From 2007 to 2016 blogged regularly in the “In All Things” section of America magazine online, and his current blogsite, The Inner Edge.

In July 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy and has served as a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. From 2010 to 2017, he was the Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard.

Where: 441 St Kilda Rd, Ground Floor, Melbourne VIC 3004

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society
Address: 441 St Kilda Rd, Ground Floor, Melbourne VIC 3004

AIS | TALKING | Mythology, Paradox & Why The World Is So Confusing | Tuesday 30 July 2019 | 12noon–1.30pm

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Join Guest Speaker Jon Faine on a discourse of politics, law, arts or sport, presenting issues and stories affecting Melbourne now with energy and vigour all without taking life too seriously. 

Speaker Biography:
Jon Faine is well known as the articulate and challenging host of his own current affairs radio programme on 774 Melbourne.
His background is extensive and varied and includes being admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor (Supreme Court Victoria). He went on to practise law for seven years and subsequently moved in to the media, hosting a range of radio programmes. Known for his provocative and probing debate, quick wit and willingness to ask the stickiest of questions.

Inclusions: A light lunch with coffee and tea will be offered. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know when you register for the event.

Where: Australian Intercultural Society, Ground Floor, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society
Address: Ground Floor, Suite 2, 441 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Tel: 03 9867 2248

AIS | TALKING | There is no place like home | Thursday 8 August 2019 | 5.30-7.30pm

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A Discussion on Homelessness

Inclusions: A light lunch with coffee and tea will be offered. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know when you register for the event.

Where: Salvation Army, Level 1, 69 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cost: Free

Bookings: Online through EventBrite

Australian Intercultural Society
Address: 441 St Kilda Rd, Ground Floor, Melbourne VIC 3004
Tel: 03 9867 2248

GEIFN | MEDIA | Mix | July 2019


Best wishes for less Suffering, more Happiness with Good Health and Time to Enjoy it. Welcome to Nanakshahi calendar 551.

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

Let’s begin by sharing an insight:
“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight with you.
Then you win.” Mahatma Ghandi (CE 1869-1948)
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

Alice Pung explores being a child of a hard working migrant family, looking different, fitting in and the search for belonging, recalling lessons from “The summer that changed my life” via The Age

Naomi Steer, founding national director, Australia for UNHCR traverses the world, sharing “The five things travel taught me” via

Tom Cowrie explores an example of a failed direction finding new life enhancing purpose as “Dumped in Melbourne, oBikes find fresh purpose on streets of Myanmar” via The Age

Megan Backhouse explores the role urban dwellers with backyards can play in sustainability as “Backyard conservation the new frontier for biodiversity” via The Age

Roy Masters explores sport as a debating platform for merit, skill, recognition, and leadership, comparatively speaking “As AFL apologies to Adam Goodes, the NRL works quietly on Indigenous excellence” via The Age

Max Bearak explores ongoing legal efforts to decriminilse love between consenting adults in a post-Colonialist world as “Botswana legalises gay sex in landmark high court decision” via The Brisbane Times

Kerrie O’Brien explores the value of open-hearted living, understanding family history, self-absorption fueled racism, discussing over lunch how “We don't say 'the white actor Cate Blanchett’: Tony Briggs on racism” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Emma Koehn explores small businesses growing sustainably and contributing to more livable urban environments “Walls that breathe: the startups adding colour to concrete city towers” via The Brisbane Times

Nick Miller explores ongoing journey for former asylum-seeker, now “Aziz spread his wings and escaped Manus Island, he wants more to follow” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Kevin Nguyen explores fleeing from war, asylum seeking, remembering and forgetting, reviewing reasons why “Ocean Vuong makes waves in prose and poetry” via The Brisbane Times

Kate Jones explores self-employment, civic-minded businesses and philanthropy tied into growing success, reporting “'It's not about ourselves': Companies giving back this tax time” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Sarah Maslin Nir explores a region reclaiming the art of growing food sustainably, learn reasons to “‘Make farming sexy’: How Millennials are reinventing African agriculture” via The Age

Henrietta Cook explores how being in environment, mindful weather proofing and having fun enriches life experience, as “Back to nature: Children reap benefits of braving the cold” via The Age

Kerrie O’Brien explores identity, migration, adapting to change and making artful impressions on the new neighbours, reviewing reasons why “Thai-Australian artists find their voice in Melbourne exhibition Un-Thaid at Grau Projekt” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Elli Jacob explores overcoming loss, absence and trespass, reasoning why “Finding it in your heart to forgive can be healing – for you” via The Age

Larissa Dubecki explores a growing example of balancing work, life and living, revealing “How chefs are beating burnout by growing food and practising yoga” via

Henrietta Cook explores growing success of diverse collaborations to overcome obstacles to equitise access, showcasing different ways “How Australia's rural schools are bucking the trend and boosting their results” via The Age

Melissa Cunningham explores the efficacy of clear identification and widespread inoculations as “Cancer-causing infections tumble thanks to mass vaccination of girls” via WA Today

Megan Backhouse explores value in cultivating community spirit, incubating longevity and measuring transformation of a blighted landscape - planting, growing and picking “Flowers in the coalmine” via The Age

Henrietta Cook explores a grass roots solution connecting two different geographies having a common aspiration for improving higher educational outcomes, revealing “'I was shocked': the free tutoring service closing the achievement gap” via The Sydney Morning Herald

Sameer Rahim explores ongoing need for positive role-modeling, global citizenry and noble benefit, meet “Elif Shafak: The consequences of telling untold stories” via The Brisbane Times

10-20min presentations

Erik Vyhmeister: Building Identity as a Third Culture Kid (16 mins)

Brittany Barron: What Beyonce Taught Me About Race (9 mins)

James O’Keefe: Homosexuality: It's about survival - not sex (17 mins)

Hannah Gadsby: Three ideas. Three contradictions. Or not (18 mins)

Baratunde Rafik Thurston: How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time (13 mins)

Approx 5 min presentation

Dustin Tebbutt - Atlas In Your Eye

Approx 2 min presentation

Sesame Street with Alessia Cara: We Are So Much Alike

Approx 20 min presentation

Ethics Matters: Episode 10 Creating Borders (12 mins)
Dan Halliday interviewees Jiewuh Song, Serene Khader, Christian Barry, John Thrasher and Tony Coady. Explore the nature of borders and how we view migration.

Psyche2Go: 7 Signs You Are Ready for a Relationship (4 mins)

The School of Life: Six Ideas From Eastern Philosophy (9 mins)
An introduction to six of the most fascinating concepts of Eastern philosophy. Eastern philosophy has all the same goals as Western philosophy: seeking to make us wiser and more serene. However, the way it goes about its task shows a great deal more variety and imagination: in the East, there are lessons to be learnt in tea ceremonies, in flower arranging, in the repair of vases and in the ritual contemplation of rivers.

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:
What’s the best way to overcome problems?

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

Late Middle English, from Latin progressus = an advance, from the verb progredi, from pro- = forward + gradi = to walk.

1. forward or onward movement towards a destination. Ie, the darkness did not stop my progress. Ie, they failed to make any progress up the estuary.
2. development towards an improved or more advanced condition. Ie, we are making progress towards equal rights.
3. movement forward or onward in space or time. Ie, as the century progressed, the quality of telescopes improved.
4. state of development towards an improved or more advanced condition. Ie, work on the pond is progressing.
5. action to cause (a task or undertaking) to make progress. Ie, It is difficult to predict how quickly we can progress the matter.

Late Middle English (as a noun): from Latin regressus, from regredi = go back, return; from re- back, concentrate, focus + gradi = to walk.

1. return to a former or less developed state. Ie, they would not regress to pre-technological tribalism.
2. return mentally to a former stage of life or a supposed previous life, especially through hypnosis. Ie, she claims to be able to regress to the Roman era. Ie, the hypnotherapist regressed Sylvia to early childhood.
3. Statistics: calculate the coefficient or coefficients of regression of (a variable) against or on another variable. Ie, a model in which C and Y are regressed on the same variables.
4. Astronomy: move in a retrograde direction. Ie, a planet regularly regresses.
5. the action of returning to a former or less developed state. Ie, the regress is a return to Puritan values. Ie, a regress to the nursery.
6. Philosophy: a series of statements in which a logical procedure is continually reapplied to its own result without approaching a useful conclusion (e.g. defining something in terms of itself).

Late Middle English (denoting an encounter during battle): from Latin congressus, from congredi = meet, from con- = together + gradi = to walk.

1. a formal meeting or series of meetings for discussion between delegates, especially those from a political party, trade union, or from within a particular sphere of activity. Ie, an international congress of mathematicians.
2. a national legislative body, especially that of the US: The US Congress. Ie, changes in taxation required the approval of Congress.
3. an association, a political society or organization.
4. the action of coming together. Ie, sexual congress.


-- Chant Mantrastyle

One strategy to progress is to minimise regress and maximise congress 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.