The CALD COVID Health Engagement Project

Project Aim

To ensure all people living in Queensland regardless of their background and English language proficiency have equitable access to appropriate health information and services to maximise their health and wellbeing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The project specifically aims to ensure marginalised communities’ needs are heard and addressed

Project Partners

The CALD COVID-19 Engagement Project is managed by the Refugee Health Network Queensland which is auspice by Mater. It is a partnership-driven initiative between:

  • CALD Communities in Queensland
  • Multicultural Australia
  • Access Community Services
  • QLD African Communities Council (QACC)
  • Qld Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT)
  • Australian Red Cross
  • Metro South HHS
  • Mater Refugee Health
  • Brisbane South PHN

Project Activities

  • Coordinating a COVID-19 Pandemic Response CALD Community Reference Group
  • Co-designing and providing information and resources about COVID 19 with CALD communities
  • Providing advice and support to Qld Health in responding to COVID-19 emerging issues
  • Improving health literacy about COVID 19 and community empowerment through different ways e.g. community online forums, workshops, peer mentoring

 Project Principles

  • Collaboration – regular, open and honest communication, valuing of each partners’ strengths and resources to enable inclusive and sustainable systems advocacy.
  • Equity – Improved equity of access to information and services. Actively pursuing marginalised communities
  • Community Development – empowering and supporting communities to take collective actions, within a strength-based framework.
  • Capacity Building – of service providers, government and policy makers- how to work together, engage meaningfully with CALD and refugee communities, and to be culturally responsive.

More information 

Grace Edward
Partnerships & Community Engagement
Coordinator
Ph: 0401 101 005
Grace.edward@mater.org.au

Faysel Ahmed Selat
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Ph: 0432 015 936
Faysel.AhmedSelat@mater.org.au

Download the Flyer – CALD COVID Health Engagement Project Flyer 2021