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Multicultural health

Collaborating to ensure that primary health care is accessible, culturally appropriate and inclusive.

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Refugee Health Connect

Refugee Health Connect is a partnership between Brisbane South PHN, Brisbane North PHN, Mater Health Services, and Metro South Hospital and Health Service aimed to support primary care working with people of refugee backgrounds.

Refugee Health Connect builds the skills and capabilities of primary care to manage the care of refugee families in a culturally and clinically appropriate manner.

Practices are provided with:

  • peer-to-peer education
  • in-house practice support and guidance
  • cultural awareness training
  • clinical education events
  • resource folders for clinical and administration staff.

For more information email refugeehealth@bsphn.org.au or call 07 3864 7580.


Resources

Interpreting for allied health professionals

Brisbane North PHN supports the Interpreting for Allied Health Professionals program to:

  • support access to private allied health services for non-English speaking clients
  • ensure interpreter services are available to private allied health services to communicate with non-English speaking clients.

The program is available within the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region and is delivered by Translating and Interpreting Services National (TIS National) at no cost. The program includes access to immediate and pre-booked phone interpreting and onsite interpreting.

This program is available to a limited number of allied health disciplines including: diabetes educators, dietitians, physiotherapists, psychologists, exercise physiologists, podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, speech pathologists, audiologists, mental health nurses, social workers and occupational therapists.

To be considered for the program complete the expression of interest form below and send to refugeehealth@bsphn.org.au.

To download a list of TIS National registered allied health professionals within the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region click through below.

Health navigation and multicultural living well program

The PHN commissions the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland to provide the Health navigation and multicultural living well program—a culturally responsive healthy lifestyle choices program that aims to reduce chronic disease.

The program works with people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse and aims to improve awareness, knowledge and attitudes about chronic disease risk factors and helps participants make positive lifestyle choices. It also aims to improve knowledge and relationships with local primary health clinics within the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay area. Services are available to individuals and small groups.

For more information visit the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland website or contact the PHN.

Further resources

Multicultural helpline

The Multicultural Connect Line has support and information to help you access aid, assistance and mental health services in your language.

Call 1300 079 020.

Refugee Health Network Queensland

The Multicultural Connect Line has support and information to help you access aid, assistance and mental health services in your language.