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Chronic Disease – Current Programs

Current Programs

My Health for Life Program for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities  

An initiative of Queensland Government, this program is run by statewide alliance between Diabetes Queensland, Stroke Foundation, Heart Foundation, Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council, ECCQ and the Primary Health Networks. 

The program has been designed to help you kick the bad habits that lead to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. ECCQ has culturally tailored and translated resources for the following communities: Arabic Speaking, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin Speaking), Pacific Islander and Vietnamese. The program is free and delivered by qualified Multicultural Health Workers in local areas. It involves six sessions, the first session is a face to face meeting and the remaining sessions are group based sessions. 

Currently ECCQ is delivering the program in Cantonese, Mandarin, Arabic, Vietnamese and Simplified English to Chinese, Arabic Speaking, Vietnamese and Pacific Islander communities.  Talk to us for other available options if you or your participants are not from these ethnic groups. 

We accept referrals from GPs, clinics and service providers. 

Click here to download referral form for GPs.

Click here to download referral form for Allied Health and Community Organisations.

For more information please contact Ms Hong Do at 07 3255 1540 or email: hongd@eccq.com.au 

Health Navigation

The Health Navigation Project is funded by Brisbane North Primary Health Network (PHN). It aims to improve awareness, knowledge and attitudes about chronic disease risk factors, how to make positive lifestyle choices and to improve knowledge and relationships with local primary health clinics within the Brisbane North PHN area.

Two to three free sessions, focused on chronic disease self-management and prevention are delivered by Bilingual Multicultural Health Workers in community language or simplified English if appropriate. These occur in a one on one or small group setting and at a place most convenient for community members. Sessions are delivered to the following communities but are not limited to; Arabic speaking, Afghan, Bhutanese, Chinese, Myanmar and South Sea and Pacific Islanders

Download the program brochure in: EnglishArabicChinese, Dari and Burmese.

For more information please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or email kristyl@eccq.com.au

Aqua Safe

The Brisbane City Council funded Aqua Safe initiative is a partnership between Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Brisbane City Council and Royal Life Saving Society Queensland to ensure increased participation of Culturally and linguistically diverse communities in water safety education programs to reduce the incidence of drowning.

Bilingual Multicultural Health Workers currently deliver workshops in language to multicultural communities including Afghan, Chinese and Myanmar community members and in simplified English when appropriate. All sessions take place within the Brisbane City Council catchment. The once off 2 hours sessions cover topics including but not limited to; safety in and around water ways including pool, beach, dam and river, responding to emergencies and understanding and performing CPR.

For more information please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or email kristyl@eccq.com.au

Local Drug Action Team

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) Local Drug Action Team (LDAT) Program is funded by the Australian Government and is being implemented across Australia. ECCQ is currently supporting the Arise Women Support Association Inc. to plan, organise and facilitate wellness and cultural events to create stronger family and greater community connections within the Sudanese and South Sudanese communities.

For more information on upcoming events please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or email kristyl@eccq.com.au

Swim Logan 

Logan City Council’s Community Services Team is leading the Swim Logan Alliance with Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, the Aqua English Project and Aqua Logan. The Alliance is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. This project aims to educate communities on water safety and provide culturally-appropriate swimming lessons across four key Logan pools.

ECCQ delivers free culturally appropriate and tailored education workshops to increase knowledge and understanding of water safety in Australia, reduce the incidence of drowning and link community members with Aqua English and Aqua Logan for swimming lessons. These once off workshops are delivered by Bilingual Multicultural Health Workers in language to multicultural communities including Afghan, Chinese, Myanmar, Samoan, Arabic, Sudanese and South Sudanese community members as well as in simplified English, when appropriate. All sessions take place within the Logan City catchment. The sessions cover topics including, but not limited to; safety in and around water ways including public pools and beaches, responding to emergencies and understanding and performing CPR.

For more information please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or email kristyl@eccq.com.au

Aged Care Navigators Trial

ECCQ is part of the Aged Care Navigators Trial established by the Australian Government to help older Australians learn more about government supported aged care programs and how to access them.

With funding from the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, ECCQ is assisting by making aged care information available and relevant to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Information sessions are currently being delivered across the Brisbane South region.

We have run sessions to the Arabic, Samoan, Korean and Vietnamese communities this financial year and we plan on reaching more groups.  Community members have gained valuable information about the ‘My Aged Care’ service, how to register and access services. Some have been able to gain support from the Specialist Support Worker in troubleshooting their current My Aged Care plans.

For more information on the Aged Care Navigators Trial please contact our Program Officer, Lindi Mpala on 3255 1540 or lindim@eccq.com.au.

The Aged Care Navigators Trial is delivered as part of a consortium led by COTA Australia and funded by the Australian Government.  For more information go to www.agedcarenavigators.com.au.

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