COVID-19 information


For multilingual information about COVID-19 and maintaining your mental health during the pandemic visit our COVID-19 and mental wellbeing - Resources for CALD communities webpage here.

Australian Multiculturalism Survey


FECCA Australian Multiculturalism SurveyThe Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) is conducting a survey about multiculturalism in Australia. This is FECCA's first annual survey with people in Australia from multicultural backgrounds to learn more about their experiences living in a diverse country. This survey is designed to obtain insights and opinions from people from multicultural backgrounds. It will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. You can participate in this survey if you are over 18 years of age.

For more information and to complete the survey click here

Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative Inviting New Members


Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative LogoThe Australian Multicultural Health Collaborative works at the national level to give a voice to the broad health and wellbeing needs, including research, of Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.  The Collaborative is now inviting new members. Membership is invited from CALD health care consumers and organisations supporting them, CALD health services and health practitioners and Researchers/Research institutions with a demonstrated focus on CALD health issues. The Collaborative also welcomes as members other services and organisations with a significant commitment to CALD health and wellbeing.

Find out more by visiting the Collaborative website here. 

Living Well Photography Competition 2022


Living well Photography Competition Young person in red and black jumper leaping with arms outstretchedIn celebration of Mental Health Month, Sydney Local Health District is running a Photography Competition. The competition is open to all mental health carers, consumers, inpatients and anybody with a lived experience of mental illness residing in the state of NSW and Sydney Local Health District staff. The theme of the competition is 'Building Resilience'. The organisers are calling for entries that portray your resilience post pandemic and demontrate the things that keep you strong, safe and positive. 

Competition entrants are eligible for the following prizes; First Prize $300, Second Prize $200, Third Prize $100, Sydney Local Health District Staff Award $100 or Technical Award $100.

Entries close 30 September 2022.

For more information and to submit an entry click here

'Counting us in' MYAN National Survey


Counting Us in SurveyThe Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) is conducting research on the settlement experiences of LGBTQI+ people aged 18-30 from refugee and asylum seeker-backgrounds living in Australia. MYAN seeks to understand what particular challenges are faced by this group when accessing settlement support services to contribute to an improved national evidence base and ensure their unique voices are heard within broader conversations about settlement.

As part of this research MYAN is inviting LGBTQI+ people aged 18-30 from refugee and asylum seeker-backgrounds to complete a survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous. Findings from this survey will be included in a report that will be published later in 2022.

For more information and to complete the survey click here. 


R U OK? Day 9 September 2021


R U OK? A conversation could change a life.9 September 2021 is R U OK? Day. R U OK? Day encourages people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through difficult times in their lives.

R U OK? contributes to suicide prevention efforts by encouraging people to invest more time in their personal relationships and building the capacity of informal support networks – friends, family and colleagues - to be alert to those around them, have a conversation if they identify signs of distress or difficulty and connect someone to appropriate support, long before they're in crisis.

For more information about R U OK? Day visit the website here. 

Multicultural Mindfulness Resources


Multicultural Mindfulness Resources. Resources to help you reduce stress and improve wellbeing. Pale green background with waterfall and river rocksThe NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District have launched a series of new mindfulness resources. The resources are part of a trial program to provide better mental health support to people from diverse communities.
The digital mindfulness resources, which have been developed after identifying a need within Arabic, Bangla, Mandarin, Nepali, Greek and Spanish speaking communities, aim to help people improve their wellbeing and reduce psychological distress through six mindfulness exercises.

To access the Multicultural Mindfulness Initiative resource and more information visit the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service.

New Sexual Consent Laws


Young couple out on a walk

New sexual consent laws were recently introduced in NSW. The new laws mean you must say or do something to check for sexual consent. You can’t assume someone is consenting just because they don’t say no. The NSW Department of Communities and Justice has created a translated resource about sexual consent and the new law in NSW which outlines what sexual consent means and what you must do to obtain sexual consent. The resources are available in Arabic, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese - Traditional, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese. The resources can be viewed here

Fire Safety for Winter


Fire fighter standing on a ladder replacing smoke alarm, while another watches

After a number of tragic incidents recently, Fire and Rescue NSW are reminding communities of the importance of keeping themselves and their loved ones safe by:

  • Ensuring they have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of their home
  • Never using outdoor heating or cooking equipment indoors
  • Keeping everything at least one metre from a heater
  • Ensuring chimneys are checked and cleaned regularly
  • Never overloading electrical outlets or power boards.

Download social media tiles about fire safety in Arabic (PDF 606.9KB), Chinese (PDF 623.4KB), English (PDF 594.6KB) or Vietnamese (PDF 602.5KB)
Visit the Fire and Rescue NSW website for more information about keeping fire safe this winter. 

Call for Abstracts Multicultural Community Engagement Conference


Four green and blue jigsaw puzzle piecesThe NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Inaugural Multicultural Community Engagement conference will be held on Thursday, 27 October 2022 at the Parkroyal Parramatta. The Conference Advisory Committee is pleased to invite presenters to submit abstracts for consideration in the conference program.

The theme of the conference is 'Filling in the Puzzle: The bigger picture of engagement'. This theme highlights the importance of fostering innovation, collaboration and resilience when working with multicultural communities. The conference seeks to consider policy and planning practices that ensures appropriate levels of and processes for community engagement. Abstracts should be directly relevant to this theme. 

For more information about the conference and submitting an abstract click here (PDF 278KB)

Mental Health Matters Awards Nominations Now Open and Call for Sponsors


Mental Health Matters Awards LogoNominations are now open for Way Ahead's Mental Health Matters Awards. The Mental Health Matters Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have worked to improve understanding, awareness, service provision and the general mental health of communities in NSW over the past year (2021— 2022). You can nominate yourself, a group or organisation you work for or know of. Winners receive $1000 and a trophy, as well as a recognition and community support to help them continue their invaluable work.

For more information about the awards and to make a nomination click here

Call for sponsors

Way Ahead is calling for sponsors for the awards. The sponsors stand with WayAhead in challenging stigma about mental illness and demonstrating their committment to making change happen. 
If you are interested in supporting the awards by becoming a sponsor download an information pack here (PDF 11.5MB)


Have your say in the NSW Settlement Strategy


NSW Government Have Your Say with illustration of four diverse peopleHelp Multicultural NSW improve the settlement journey of refugees, asylum seekers and people from similar backgrounds. Multicultural NSW is creating the state's first Settlement Strategy to improve settlement journeys for individuals and families in NSW. Multicultural NSW wants to hear from refugees, asylum seekers and people from similar backgrounds living in NSW and the organisations and services that provide support to them. We encourage you to have your say by completing this online survey. The survey closes 5pm on Sunday 31 July. Survey responses are confidential and will not be shared with anyone.

Complete the survey here. 

TheMHS Consumer and Carers Bursary


Flowers white outline on pink red backgroundTheMHS Bursaries are offered to Consumers & Carers who wish to attend The Mental Health Services (TheMHS) Conference of Australia and New Zealand. A limited number of Bursaries are offered to each Australian state/territory and to New Zealand. Bursaries include:

  • Full Bursaries: Include free registration to the Consumer or Carer Forum and the 3-day conference, as well as flights, transfers and an accommodation allowance.
  • Partial Bursaries: Include free in-person registration to the Consumer or Carer Forum and the 3-day conference.
  • Virtual Bursaries: Include free virtual registration to the Consumer or Carer Forum and the 3-day conference.

If you identify as a Consumer of Mental Health Services or identify as a Carer of a person with Lived Experience of Mental Illness and for financial reasons, you would be unable to attend this year’s conference you are eligible to apply. Applications are now open and closed Friday 29 July 2022.

For more information and to apply for a bursary click here.  

Help researchers learn more about mental illness


Help us learn more about mental illnessThe Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University is working to improve the way mental illness is assessed and identified in research and practice. You can help now by completing a 15, 30, 60, or 120 minute survey about your experiences of a variety of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

At the end of the survey, you will receive a personalised visualisation of how your symptoms compare to the thousands of other people in the study, and enter a draw to receive up to AUD$250 (there is a total of AUD$10,000 in prize draw funds available) or make a donation to charity. To participate in the study click here.

To learn more you can visit the study website here.

This survey is completely anonymous and confidential, and has been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee (ref. #6715).

Mental Health Line Consultation for Carers


MH Line Consultation Flyer CarersNSW Health and the NSW Department of Customer Service would like to understand your experience of using the Mental Health Line and how your experience could be better. As part of this, Mental Health Carers NSW will host a consultation with interested mental health carers to provide feedback about using the Mental Health Line. You can also provide feedback through a survey.

Consultations will be held online via Zoom on Wednesday 13 July 2022, 11.00 am - 12.30 pm OR Thursday 14 July 2022 2.00 pm  - 3.30 pm.

Register to attend via Survey Monkey here
For more information about the consultations download a flyer here.  (PDF 1.2MB)

Participants invited: Personality and Suicidal Behaviour


Personality and suicidal behaviour studyGriffith University and the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention is conducting a survey to identify the protective factors that reduce the likelihood of suicide behaviours. Previous research uncovered a link between self-control and suicidal behaviour, this new research will help us to better understand if that link is protective in nature. An improved understanding of protective factors aids the prevention of suicide and may help to inform more effective suicide-prevention and intervention programs.

You can participate in this research if you are aged 18 or over. Everyone with and without a history of mental health issues, and who have or have not experienced suicidal ideation and attempts is invited to participate. For more information and to complete the survey click here

Improving your experience of the Mental Health Line


Contact the Mental Health Line 1800 011 511The NSW Mental Health Line (MHL) is conducting a survey to learn more about your experiences of using the MHL. If you have accessed the MHL you are invited to complete a confidential survey about the service. Your feedback will be used to help improve the user experience of the MHL across NSW. Complete the survey here. 
If you have any questions about the project, please contact Tricia O’Riordan, Director Clinical Services and Programs at

Help Eliminate Cervical Cancer


Group of smiling, brightly dressed, diverse women standing in a rowAustralia is on track to become the first country in the world to eliminate cervical cancer however many of our priority populations - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, culturally diverse women, transgender people with a cervix, women who have experienced trauma, those who have experienced female genital mutilation, women with a disability, homeless women, women without access to transport and cervical screening sites or with no female cervical screening providers, the many who feel shame and pain and face the multitude of personal barriers to screening – may not to know about this.

The Australian Centre for the Prevention of Cervical Cancer is in the process of developing Australia’s National Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy. The diverse experience, perspectives and knowledge of all stakeholders and interested members of the community is vital to informing the development of the National Cervical Cancer Elimination Strategy. You can take part by participating in consultation activities which will include an online survey, workshops, interviews and a consultation paper.

Find out more about the development of the strategy and participate here

2022 National Carer Survey


Image of two smiling young womenThe National Carer Survey is conducted every two years by Carers NSW. The survey is for people caring for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, dementia, terminal or serious illness, or who needs care due to ageing. By sharing your opinions and experiences, you will help the State and Territory Carer Organisations advocate for greater recognition and support of carers across Australia. The survey should take you 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your responses. You can leave any question blank if it does not apply to you, or if you would prefer not to answer. Your responses will be anonymous. Survey participants have the chance of winning an Apple iPad 64 GB Wi-Fi. The survey is open until 31 July 2022. 

Find out more and complete the survey here.

NSW Public Service Commission CALD Focus Groups


Group of diverse peopleThe NSW Public Service Commission (PSC) is running focus groups to understand the experiences of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in the workplace. These focus groups will help the Commission learn more about workplace challenges, barriers, opportunities, and overall experience in the public sector.

The focus groups will take place online on: 16 June 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, 17 June 2022, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and 21 June 2022, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
If you or someone you know is from a CALD background with lived experiences working in the public sector, the PSC invites you to participate in these focus groups. If you are unable to participate and still want to contribute, an anonymous survey will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Read more and register your interest to participate in a focus group via Eventbrite.

Invitation for people with an intellectual disability and their carers to have your say


Invitation to people with an intellectual disability and their carers to participate in research at the University of NSWThe University of New South Wales (NSW) is inviting people with an intellectual disability and their carers to have your say about mental health services.
Erin has an intellectual disability. Peri has a mental illness and is a carer for children with an intellectual disability.
Erin and Peri work together with a team of researchers at the University of NSW. They would like to ask people with an intellectual disability what you like and what you do not like about the services you use. They will also ask how the services can be better.
You can decide if you would like to talk to Erin and Peri or not. If you decide to talk to Erin and Peri you will get a $40 gift voucher for your time and knowledge.
To arrange a time to talk or to get more information contact Peri O'Shea at the University of NSW. Phone: 0418 455 562 or Email:

Download a flyer about the research here (PDF 249.3KB)
View the service user questions here (DOCX 213.4KB)
View the carer questions here (DOCX 25.9KB)

Refugee Camp in my Neighbourhood - Professional Development Tours


Image of simulated refugee camp in Auburn. White tent with photo of crowded city in backgroundThe Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood Project is a community project which takes participants on a simulated refugee journey.  Professional development tours are delivered for groups and individuals who wish to learn more about the refugee experience and how they can better support new arrivals in their respective fields. These include health professionals, teachers and other staff working with refugees and people seeking asylum. Tours are delivered by guides with lived experiences from a range of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Health professional tours
Dates: 4 & 12 August 2022, departing every 30 minutes between 9:30 am and 2:30 pm
Duration: Each tour takes approximately 2.5 hours
Cost: $35 per person (use discount code HEALTH)

More information and register

Join Australia’s biggest group of quitters on World No Tobacco Day


Hand snapping cigarette in halfNSW Health is urging people who smoke to join the ranks of Australia’s largest quit-smoking group this World No Tobacco Day Tuesday 31 May 2022. 
The 2021 NSW Population Health Survey, published on World Tobacco Day, shows daily smoking rates decreased from 9.2 per cent of NSW residents aged over 16 in 2020 to 8.2 per cent in 2021. Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Health Chief Health Officer, said she is impressed that so many NSW residents aged 16 plus have successfully quit smoking, with around 23% of NSW residents counting themselves as former smokers.

Quitting smoking is challenging. If you need support to quit smoking to call the Quitline on 13 78 48, visit or have a chat with your GP.

For more information about NSW Health and World No Tobacco Day click here


Family experiences supporting people with mental health challenges during COVID-19 in Australia


National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum and Monash UniversityThe National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF) and Monash University are seeking participants for a survey about understanding family experiences supporting people with mental health challenges during COVID-19 in Australia. The survey is available online, and will take around 30 to 45 minutes to complete. All mental health carers are welcome including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, diverse cultural backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ community, young and aging carers, and those in rural and regional areas. The research will be used to inform a report to the National Mental Health Commission, policy advice to governments, non-government organisations and peak bodies and further future projects relating to the health of mental health family carers. Click here for more information and to participate in the survey

Welcome to the new Multicultural Youth COVID-19 Ambassadors 2022


Image of MHCS Youth AmbassadorsResearch has shown that young people have been significantly socially and economically impacted by COVID-19. The Multicultural Health Communication Service (MCHS) is supporting young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds through the co-design of a COVID-19 social media campaign. This social media campaign will showcase videos co-produced with the youth ambassadors on platforms that are relatable and engaging to a diverse range of young people from multicultural backgrounds.

The Multicultural Youth COVID-19 Ambassadors Project is co-led by MHCS and the NSW Ministry of Health, and supported by Multicultural NSW and the NSW Department of Customer Service.

For further information about the project visit the Multicultural Youth COVID-19 Ambassadors Project webpage

Emergency Relief for Newcomers


Settlement Services International (SSI) has been funded by Multicultural NSW to provide emergency relief and caseworker support to vulnerable Temporary Visa Holders, who are not eligible for Commonwealth Government income support, during the COVID-19 pandemic. SSI can provide limited financial assistance for essential needs such as rent and utilities, food, health, telecommunications and transport.

Download a flyer about this service here (PDF 319.4KB)
Visit the SSI website to complete an enquiry form

NSW Humanitarian Awards


NSW Humanitarian Awards 2022 Group of award recipients in backgroundThe NSW Humanitarian Awards are your chance to nominate someone who deserves to be recognised for their excellent work supporting refugees, in whatever field they are working. Every year STARTTS holds the Humanitarian Awards to acknowledge and thank those people who have made an exceptional positive contribution towards refugee issues in NSW. Individuals and organisations in various fields who are doing outstanding work to support refugees are eligible for the Awards. The award ceremony is held at the launch of Refugee Week in June each year. Nominations for the awards close 31 May 2022. 

For more information and to make a nomination click here

TheMHS Awards now open!


Flowers white outline on pink red backgroundThe Mental Health Service (TheMHS) Awards of Australia and New Zealand recognise innovation, research excellence, best practice and lived experience leadership in mental health services. They also aim to reduce stigma by acknowledging responsible media reporting of mental health issues and encourage others to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Awards are presented in six categories: Early Career Research Awards; Exceptional Contribution Award; Media Journalism Awards; Service and Program Awards; Tom Trauer Evaluation and Research Award and Wellbeing in the Workplace Award. Award winners are honoured at a prestigious ceremony each year, as part of TheMHS Annual Conference.
For more information and to apply for the awards visit the TheMHS website. Applications close 18 May 2022.

New TMHC multilingual resources now available!


Baby sleeping peacefullyThe Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) is excited to announce the release of our new translated wellbeing booklets. These booklets have been translated into a number of emerging community languages, and we warmly thank community members who contributed to their development. We hope these resources will be of benefit to you and your community.
The new translated resources now available are:

A practical guide about: A good night’s sleep in Burmese (PDF 903.9KB), Dari (PDF 441KB)English (PDF 657.1KB)Farsi (PDF 762.9KB), Hungarian (PDF 698KB)Nepali (PDF 1MB), Pashto (PDF 467KB), Polish (PDF 689.2KB)Russian (PDF 685.4KB)Swahili (PDF 835.4KB)Tamil (PDF 679.1KB)Tibetan (PDF 1MB) and Ukrainian (PDF 678.8KB)

A practical guide about: Stress and stress management in Burmese (PDF 1011.4KB), Dari, (PDF 485.2KB) English (PDF 616.8KB), Hungarian (PDF 687.3KB)Nepali (PDF 698.7KB), Pashto (PDF 504.9KB)Polish (PDF 664.3KB),  Russian (PDF 661.9KB)Swahili (PDF 635.8KB), Tamil (PDF 694.6KB)Tibetan (PDF 677.9KB) and Ukrainian (PDF 660KB)

For more information about these new resources click here

Mental Health Carers and the Mental Health Act


Take the SurveyMental Health Carers NSW has been asked by the NSW Ministry of Health to produce new material to inform mental health carers of their roles, rights, and responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW), and in relation to the Mental Health Review Tribunal. The first stage of this project is to collect information on how carers are informed about the Mental Health Act. Mental Health Carers NSW is interested in finding out the experience of carers when the person they care for is taken to hospital and provided with treatment without their consent.
If you are a carer of someone who has been an involuntary consumer of mental health services within the last five years, you are invited to complete a survey based on your knowledge about what, and how, information was provided to you. Those who take the survey will go into the draw to win a $50 e-gift card! Click here to complete the survey

Join the BEING – Mental Health Consumers CALD Communities Advisory Committee


Being Mental Health Consumers Seen, Heard, InvolvedThe BEING Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities Advisory Committee is looking for new members who identify as being part of Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities and live in NSW. The committee is open to people who live with mental health issues (consumers) and who are actively engaged with their community. Previous experience participating in committee work is desirable though not essential. This is a paid opportunity. This newly established committee will share community perspectives and provide input to assist us with our broader policy and advocacy work as well as other programs, some of which include: BEING Leadership Academy, BEING Lived Experience Network and BEING Suicide Support and Awareness Program. For more information or to apply, please click here. Applications Close 2 May 2022.

Bereavement during COVID-19


Bereavement during COVID-19 StudyResearchers at the University of Technology Sydney are inviting Australian transcultural health workers to take part in a research study that explores the experiences and support needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations bereaved from any cause during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an Australian transcultural health worker who has supported someone who has experienced a death from any cause during 2020, the researchers would like to hear from you. Participation involves a 30-minute interview or focus group. The researchers hope to use this information to help develop a national plan for bereavement support during the COVID-19 pandemic and any future pandemics. For further information, please contact the project manager Dr. Serra Ivynian ( or the project lead Professor Liz Lobb (

National Consumers Art Competition


National Consumers Art Competition FlyerThe Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) is calling for entries for its National Consumer Art Competition 2022. The theme for this year’s competition is Resilience and Mental Health. Entry is open to all mental health consumers/service users living in Australia. Artwork can be in any format, be it painting, drawing, mosaic, photo, computerised image or other art medium. Winning artwork will be selected by a panel of judges for virtual showcase at the Mental Health Month Launch in each state on the 1st of October 2022. Open to all members of the community. The winning artist in each state will be awarded with prize money of $500 and a trophy. Applications close 31 July 2022.

For more information and to submit an entry click here.

Ramadan Mubarak - Wishing you a COVID safe, peaceful and holy month


Celebrate Ramadan COVID safelyNSW Health is urging everyone to stay COVID safe during Ramadan. When you go to a place of worship, wear a mask if you can't physically distance from others. Stay home if you are unwell and take a COVID-19 test and encourage family and friends to stay home if they are sick. Stay connected with your family and friends online if you are unwell. Remember during Ramadan it is safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster while fasting. Download information about staying safe during Ramadan in Arabic,  Bangla,  Bosnian,   Burmese,  Dari,  English,  Farsi,  Hazaragi,  Indonesian,  Somali,  Swahili,  Turkish and Urdu.

Multicultural Health Week 2022 Community Engagement Grants


Multicultural Health WeekThe Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is inviting Expressions of Interest for the Multicultural Health Week 2022 Community Engagement Grants.
Multicultural Health Week will be celebrated in September 20022 and the theme for this year is cancer screening. Small grants of up to $1,500 are being offered to local health districts and non-government/community organisations to support community engagement activities with CALD communities that focus on increasing knowledge of and confidence in participating in cancer screening. Click here for more information and to apply for a grant.

Call for participants - Mental health workforce research


ORIMA Research is currently conducting research commissioned by the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) to understand the things that mental health professionals need to know and do to provide the best possible care to people of all cultures.
ORIMA is looking to speak with people with a range of cultural backgrounds who have experience using mental health and wellbeing services. Participation in this research involves a small group discussion of up to 1.5 hours or a one-on-one interview of up to 1 hour. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. 

Click here for more information about participating in this research. (DOCX 7.3MB) 

Supporting Communities Impacted by the Invasion of Ukraine


Ukrainian girl in field of wheat holding blue and yellow heart wearing traditoinal blouseMany people from Ukrainian and Eastern European communities in Australia, including both newly arrived refugees and longstanding communities, may experience stress, anxiety and other mental health issues following the recent invasion of Ukraine. To assist service providers in better understanding and meeting the mental health needs of communities impacted by the invasion of Ukraine, the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) has developed an online resource 'Supporting Communities Impacted by the Invasion of Ukraine'.

Access 'Supporting Communities Impacted by the Invasion of Ukraine' here.
Download a flyer about the resource here  (PDF 236.5KB)

International Women's Day: The Mental Health Reformers


Hope Strength and Determination Purple cover with images of women in the bookWomen who have led the way in mental health reform across NSW over the past 50 years have been recognised in a new book released by the Mental Health Commission of NSW to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022.

As Catherine Lourey, Mental Health Commissioner of NSW said of the book “It’s full of individuals who broke down dual biases. They faced the bias and discrimination of being a woman, but also of working to reform and change the stigma and discrimination which plague mental health.”

The reformers featured in the book come from all walks of life, with unique experiences that fuelled their mental health advocacy and reform efforts.  Among the many admirable women featured in the book is our own Transcultural Mental Health Centre Manager, Maria Cassaniti. 

For more information and to view and download the book click here

Floodwater can make you sick

Warning about dangers of flood water in Arabic. Picture of flood water with debris

NSW Health is warning the community that floodwater can make you sick. Floodwater can have sewage, chemicals and rubbish that can cause serious illness and injury. Never swim in floodwater. Protect yourself when cleaning up after and wear masks, boots and gloves. Wash your hands with soap and water after contact with flood water to prevent disease. Download social media tiles about flood water in your language here

If you have any health concerns and need language support, call TIS 131 450 and ask for Health Direct (1800 022 222).


Calling all Australian men! Research into Men's Mental Health During COVID-19


Young man wearing grey t-shirt, head on an angle, smiling at cameraThe Australian Men’s Health Forum and Western Sydney University would like to hear from Australian men about their experiences of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers are particularly interested to hear about the experiences of men who are fathers and/or family providers. The researchers 
are currently looking for participants 18yrs and older to complete in an online survey and an online interview.

For more information about the study and to participate click here. 

Youth Mental Health Nursing Workforce Needs Assessment


A group of diverse young people smilingOrygen Youth Mental Health Australia is conducting a needs assessment for the youth mental health nursing workforce. The needs assessment aims to explore the workforce development needs of Mental Health (MH) nurses. It also provides an opportunity to contribute to the development of a strategy for the MH nursing workface with the aim of increasing skills, knowledge and identity of MH nurses working with young people in Australia. There are two surveys, one aimed at nurse leaders/senior clinicians and one aimed at clinicians, feel free to complete both surveys if you are a clinician and are in a leadership role. The survey closes 18 March 2022.

Complete the survey here

Celebrate Lunar New Year in a COVID safe way


We would like to wish you and your family a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year!

Have a COVID safe Lunar New Year 2022NSW Health is encourging everyone to celebrate Lunar New Year in a COVID safe way. Ensure that you wear a mask wherever it is required and check in with the Service NSW app when it is required. If you are unwell, stay home, and celebrate with your loved ones virtually. Get tested if you have symptoms, even if mild, and if you are full vaccinated. Get your booster if you are eligible to protect you and your family against COVID-19.

For more information visit the NSW Health website.

Download this information in Chinese-Simplified (简体中文)Chinese-Traditional (繁體中文), EnglishIndonesian (bahasa)Japanese (日本語)Korean (한국어)Lao (ພາສາລາວ)Thai (ภาษาไทย) or Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt Nam).


Gambling support for NSW’s culturally diverse communities expanded!


Depressed man at poker machineGambling support for NSW’s culturally diverse communities have now been expanded to reach more people. The Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is now working with GambleAware to step up counselling and support services for people experiencing gambling harm across NSW’s culturally diverse communities.
The Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) has been tasked with upskilling existing counsellors around cultural competency and how to deliver services to different cultures, as well as stepping in to provide in-language support themselves where gaps occur.

For more information about this expanded service visit the SBS News website.

For immediate support please visit the GambleAware website or call 1800 858 858


Survey on Marriage Payments and Associated Abuses


Two people sitting at a desk, one in front of a laptop, one writing with a pen in a notebook with a calculator beside themResearchers from Western Sydney University and Deakin University are conducting an online survey aimed at investigating the nature of marriage payment and its overall impact on domestic violence, mental health and quality of life among Middle Eastern, African and South Asian immigrants in Australia. Participation in this study will help generate critical knowledge of marriage practices, and will inform policies and actions to promote stronger marital relationships, mental health and quality of life.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Middle Eastern, African and South Asian immigrants in Australia (permanent residents or citizens)
  • 18 years or older
  • Ever been married (currently married or have previously been married)

The survey will take approximately 45 minutes to complete and is open until 28 February 2022. Click here for more information and to complete the survey.

Translations of s77 Rights of Appeal Form


Person in black shirt holding black and gold pen signing a formThe Rights of Appeal Form under section 77 of the Mental Health Act informs patients of their rights after the Mental Health Review Tribunal orders them to be detained, following either a mental health inquiry, or after a breach of a community treatment order.

The Form has been translated into fifteen community languages: Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Greek, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, Korean, Tagalog, Nepali, Punjabi, Bengali, Persian and Indonesian.

Download the translations here.


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