ECCQ Chronic Disease Program staff bio: Leo Chen

I was born in Harbin, which is one of the coldest cities in China. Since migrating to Australia in 2016, I really enjoy the weather in this Sunshine state. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science (Medical Imaging) in China and graduated from the University of Dundee in UK with my Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. I worked as a radiologist in hospitals in China for approximately 8 years. Currently I am working as a Multicultural Health Worker across several different programs in the public health area with ECCQ Chronic Disease Program. Under the Health Navigation project, my main role is to evaluate chronic disease risk for clients and deliver one on one health education program in order to help clients to reduce their risks. In addition, I provide information about the Australian health system which helps new migrants settle smoothly. Sometimes I help clients book medical services and follow up on any issues they may have.

I enjoy my job very much in helping migrants improve their health and letting them enjoy life in Australia. I am really proud of working in a multicultural organisation and being able to use my bilingual skills to support people from different backgrounds. In ECCQ everyone supports each other like a family. I also enjoy helping people by improving their health conditions to have a better life.

My advices to CALD community members during COVID-19 is making sure you follow the Australian Government’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Always keep social distance when you go out and remember to wash hands regularly. Wear face mask when you can’t maintain the social distance and try to avoid going to crowded places. Exercise regularly to strengthen your immune system. For people who have pre-existing medical conditions, you can explore consultation options with your local clinic. Most services include some medical services which are offered as non-face-to-face services during COVID-19 period (via online or phone service). Keep well and stay safe.

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