“My name is Hala. I am originally from Mosul, Iraq. I arrived in Australia in 2018.By profession, I am a medical doctor (Paediatrician) with more than 14 years of experience working in the medical field. Before my arrival in Australia, I worked in Jordan for 4 years with the refugees and asylum seekers as a Medical Doctor and Health Project Manager with one of the International organisations. The Health program that I was in charge of enabled the refugees and asylum seekers to access health care. In Australia, in addition to my qualifications as a medical doctor, I did some courses such as a Work Experience Course, Diploma of Advanced Studies in Health Care and Management and recently finished my Diploma in Mental Health.
“My role as one of ECCQ’s Chronic Disease team members is conducting health education sessions to increase CALD communities’ awareness about chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes using Arabic and simple English language and share with them resources in their own language about health promotion and prevention. I can support and motivate the participants to set and achieve their health goals as well as reduce their chronic disease risk factors.
“I love my work because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to ECCQ‘s values including pursuing the outcomes of access and equity for people from CALD backgrounds. This truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other. This positive environment helps me to be motivated and inspired at work. In addition to that, my work gives me the opportunity every time to help someone to make a positive change in their health and life.
“My message to CALD community members to be safe and healthy through eating nutritious food and doing regular exercise to strengthen their immune system. A special advice during COVID 19, being from CALD community, I am aware of a truth that culturally and ethnically diverse people love gathering, however, this provides the need for social distancing, especially when it comes to family gatherings to minimise the spread risk of the COVID 19 in the community.”