Welcome to the new Multicultural Youth COVID-19 Ambassadors 2022 The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is delighted to welcome eleven dynamic Multicultural Youth COVID-19 Ambassadors to help us engage with young people across NSW. The aim of this initiative is to increase health literacy around COVID-19 amongst young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Research has shown that young people have been significantly socially and economically impacted by COVID-19. MHCS has identified an opportunity to support young people from CALD 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. This dynamic and diverse group of young people are excited to increase their knowledge and skills to have meaningful conversations with their peers, family and community networks around ...

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MEDIA RELEASE RELIGIOUS AND MULTICULTURAL LEADERS RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE   More than 30 NSW religious and community leaders have come together to encourage all eligible individuals from diverse faith and cultural communities to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The leaders met with Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee at the mass vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park. “Thank you to community leaders across NSW who have shown leadership throughout the pandemic and continue to provide trusted information to their communities. It is critical to vaccinate our citizens as quickly and as safely as possible,” Ms Berejiklian said. “There are Cultural Support Workers at the mass vaccination centre who can guide people through the entire process in 25 different languages.”                                                                                                      The mass vaccination centre is now administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to members of the general public aged 50 and over, along with GPs and ...

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Wishing you a safe and happy Eid-Al-Fitr’ – NSW Health and MHCS   Eid Al-Fitr is commonly known as the festival of breaking of the fast and marks the end of Ramadan Mubarak. In 2021, Eid-Al-Fitr will be celebrated in Sydney on Thursday, 13 May. Dates may vary according to moon sighting NSW Health and the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) in partnership with the Multicultural Health Service in Western Sydney Local Health District have produced the ‘Stay COVID-safe this Ramadan’ Video message in English from Religious and Community Leaders – to help remind people to celebrate Ramadan in a COVID-safe way. NSW Health and MHCS have also developed ‘Wishing you a safe and happy Eid-Al-Fitr’ social media tiles in English and multiple languages to remind everyone to please keep the community safe – even if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and stay at home until you get a negative test result. It would ...

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Sri Lankan Australians in NSW becoming a credible community.   Early migration of Sri Lankans from their native land to Sydney was in the seventies, with a few families settled in earlier. There were about 30 families in Sydney living in the city and the suburbs, and most of them were professionals, teachers, and a few businesspeople. Meeting most weekends to get together and enjoy a good tasty spicy rice and curry was something that we looked forward, to feel home away from home. We had not collected enough money to purchase cars, but public transport was the mode of travel. So, getting down at the closest railway station, walking along the roadside, until the smell of dhal curry and Basmati boiled rice emanated, and that was the signal to spot the location of the home we were visiting for lunch. We never checked the number of the premises, but ...

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St Peter’s College OBU Sydney AGM     St Peter’s College OBU Sydney held it’s AGM on Sunday the 21st of March, after having to reschedule it from last year due to the pandemic.  Despite the current bad weather prevailing in NSW, we had a great turnout of members. The Following were re-elected: President: Shehan Vilathgamuwa Vice President: Nishantha Perera Treasurer: Ravin Panambalana Secretary: Gus Shiran Viswasam Sports Co-ordinator: Shane Fernando Digital Media: Jude Chelvaratnam Social Secretary: Niresh Wijesiri Editor: Denver Mottau Membership Secretary: Senani Gunasekera Auditor : Aubrey Joachim Here are a few photos from the AGM. Source: Gus Shiran Viswasam Facebook   ...

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Publishing a collection of short stories written by people of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia Calling for Contributions     Publishing a collection of short stories written by people of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia Calling for Contributions The Writers Guild of Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW Inc has launched a project to publish a collection of short stories written by people of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia. The aims of the project are as follows. To establish and foster a literary link between the various community groups with Sri Lankan heritage living in Australia To establish and foster a literary link between thepeople of Sri Lankan origin living in Australiaand the multicultural Australia To take diasporic Sri Lankan literature produced in Australia to the global audience It is intended that this proposed collection of short stories is published in Australia first in hard copy targeting the ...

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Important updates regarding student visa arrangements/review of the Working Holiday Maker Program   We hope you are all staying safe and well. Kindly find below some important updates. Updates to Student Visa arrangements Many of you have raised concerns about student visa arrangements throughout the COVID-19 crisis and NSW/ACT Community Engagement thanks you for communicating your valuable feedback to us. We are pleased to bring some important announcements to your attention that were made this week: On 20 July 2020, the Minister for Education announced a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the closure of our international borders has been critical to our success in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and Australia has been a leader in this regard, it has presented challenges to the education sector and students, both here and offshore. These ...

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Cost of Living – By The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian For jobs, quality of life and educational opportunities, there is no better place to raise a family, work or study than NSW. However, despite NSW’s strong economy, there are large pressures on the cost of living for families. My Government has developed a number of initiatives to reduce the cost of living for you and your family. This includes initiatives like free car registration for drivers who spend on average $25 per week on tolls. Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, you could save up to $729. I am also pleased to update you on another initiative, that allows residents to make an appointment at Service NSW to find out which of the 40 NSW Government rebates and saving applies to your family. A typical Sydney family with two children could be eligible for savings of more ...

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