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Multicultural Health Coordination Program Webinar - Dec 2023

This brief webinar is for PHN and HHS staff to learn more about the Mater Multicultural Health Coordination Program and why it is being offered to patients in the Brisbane, Logan and Ipswich regions. The session explores current local demographic and health data for multicultural communities, discusses the new program and how you can promote it to Primary Care and Hospital and Health Service staff.

Watch it here.

Qld PHNs webinar - Queensland’s CALD COVID response: Let’s get it right in practice - May 26, 2022

GPs and general practice staff joined a facilitated hypothetical, exploring the challenges that people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, including refugees and migrant workers, are facing during the pandemic. Watch it here.

Download the PHN webinar Presentation including links to resources here

Evaluation of a collective response to engage CALD communities in COVID 19 health communication - Sept 13, 2021
COVID-19 vaccines: culturally appropriate responses with CALD communities - May 5th, 2021
This event helped to equip you to understand and respond to the concerns and questions that people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have about the COVID-19 vaccines to help them make informed decisions. People from CALD backgrounds face many barriers to equitable access to health care and information. Hear commonly asked questions from CALD communities (and how to respond to them) and cultural considerations around the COVID-19 vaccines. A panel of health and community representatives with experience in working with CALD and refugee background communities shared their insights and knowledge.  Watch it here.
Refugee Health: Healthy Kids - Brisbane - Nov, 2019

This session explored challenges families face when settling in a new country and what primary health care professionals can do to support parents raise healthy children. Presentations and a panel discussion covered healthy childhood development, impacts of intergenerational trauma and pathways for ongoing care for children of refugee background.

Speakers included:

  • Farhia Haji: Community perspectives on raising healthy kids
  • Kathryn Eichmann: The impact of learning English as a second language and more
  • Amy Burkett: Kids and Refugee Trauma
  • Dr David Levitt: Trauma in refugee kids

Missed this session? Watch it online via this link. 

Download the Handout presented by Children’s Health Qld at the event which includes:

  • What assists with Learning English as a Second Language?
  • Vocabulary Development Milestones

This clinical education session was delivered in partnership with the Refugee Health Network Qld, Brisbane South PHN, Brisbane North PHN, Northern Qld PHN and Mater.

For more information and referral points for Child and Youth see the Child and Youth page here.

HIV Management in the Refugee Context - Brisbane - July, 2019

This session aimed to help primary health care professionals understand how to manage HIV for their patients of refugee background.

Missed this session? Watch it online via the links below.

Download the Presentations (PDF) here.

For more information and referral points for HIV see the Infectious Diseases page

This clinical education session was delivered in partnership with the Refugee Health Network Qld, Brisbane South PHN, Brisbane North PHN, Northern Qld PHN and Mater.

Navigating the NDIS in Primary Care - May, 2019
  • Discuss considerations when caring for patients from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background with a disability
  • Describe how to assist patients of CALD background to access and participate in the NDIS
  • Identify key resources available to support CALD patients and families with NDIS
  • Identify best practice processes that can facilitate culturally safe care.

Facilitators: Dr Margaret Kay, GP & Brisbane South PHN Multicultural Health Clinical lead

Panel members: National Disability Insurance Agency, Carers Queensland Local Area Coordination teams, Benevolent Society (Early Childhood Early Intervention) and AMPARO Advocacy.

Watch it online via the links below.

Refugee Health Showcase - Brisbane - June 21, 2019

The Refugee Health Showcase, held at the State Library of Qld focused on ‘Refugee Health and Wellbeing: A policy and action plan for Queensland 2017-20 Two years in, one year to go, where to from here?’


Download the presentations here:

Navigating Refugee Health Care - Townsville - May 2019

The session in Townsville covered the Refugee Settlement Journey, Refugee Health Assessment, Clinical Pathways – Malaria, Administration considerations and Mental Health referral pathways.

Download the presentation here.

Refugee Health Infectious Diseases Update - October 23, 2018

This session was designed for primary care health professionals working with people of refugee background. Presentations included information about the screening and management of malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and syphilis, including syphilis in pregnancy and perspectives from different refugee communities.

Miss this education session? Watch it online here.

Refugee Health and Chronic Disease - August, 2018
  • Dr Kay interviews Dr Kostner at the Refugee Health Education event.

    Dr Karam Kostner, Director of Cardiology, Mater Hospital Cardiologist, Refugee and Asylum Seeker Cardiovascular Clinic

  • Dr Margaret Kay, GP and Multicultural Health Clinical Lead, Brisbane South PHN – Download her presentation here.
  • Ms. Louise Lee, Refugee Health Practice Nurse Clinical Lead Brisbane South PHN
  • Ms. Hong Do – Ethnic Communities Council Qld – Download her presentation here
  • Members from the Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group

Miss this education session? Watch it here.

Refugee Health and the NDIS March, 2018

Jen Albright, Stakeholder Director Queensland Central, NDIA

Miss this education session? Watch all chapters online HERE

Refugee Health Showcase - March 27, 2018


Refugee Health Network Qld Snapshot (2017 – 2018)

The following speakers presented at the Showcase. Click on the links for presentations:

Followed by concurrent sessions:

Where to from here? – Refugee Health Network Queensland  – Vicky Jacobson (Refugee Health Network Qld & Donata Sackey (Mater)

2017: Refugee Mental Health - 18 October, 2017

Miss this education session?

Watch it online HERE

Refugee Mental Health Flyer



Hepatitis updates for Primary Care who see refugee patients - Aug, 2017

Written by National HBV Reference Committee and updated and presented by Dr. Margaret Kay, General Practitioner, Salisbury, QLD. Watch the webinar online here: Presentation by Dr Margaret Kay.

Back to Basics: Refugee Health - May 31, 2017

Watch the Education sessions online by clicking on the links below.

Download the ‘Back to Basics Refugee Health’ Education Event Power Point Presentation

Further Information:

This event was organised by the Refugee Primary Health Care Clinical Advisory Group and funded by Brisbane South PHN, Brisbane North PHN and Mater.

Refugee Health And Wellbeing: Policy & Action Plan Launch - April 2017
Queensland Women: Understanding Refugee Women's Health - 22 March, 2017

Watch the Education session online HERE (video 1.56) 

MC –  Dr Rebecca Farley (Mater Refugee Health)
Michelle Steel (Mater Refugee MGP – Clinical Midwife)
Dr Anupinder Kaur (Logan Maternity Service) – case study
Dr Huda Safa (Mater Maternity Service) – Women’s Health
Dr Megan Castner – Women’s Health on Nauru
Hypothetical Case Study with panel discussion

Further Reading:

Hearst AA, Molnar AM. Female genital cutting: an evidence-based approach to clinical management for the primary care physician. Mayo Clin Proc. 2013 Jun;88(6):618-29.
World Health Organisation Information on FGM 

This event was organised by the Refugee Primary Health Care Clinical Advisory Group and funded by Brisbane South PHN, Brisbane North PHN and Mater.


20th October, 2016

Update on Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Disease – 2016  Dr Raymond Banh and Dr Jacqueline Taylor, Clincial Haematology, Mater Hospital Brisbane