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Multilingual Health Resources

Looking for a health topic in a refugee language?

The main source of translated health information in NSW is the Multicultural Health Communications Service. There are also translated resources at the Diversity Health Institute Clearinghouse. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, try searching health departments in other state and territories, for example the Victorian Government Health Translations Directory.

NSW Refugee Health Service’s Multilingual Health Resources

Many of our multilingual resources can also be downloaded from this site. They include:

NSW Health Care System Information Booklet Booklet Arabic, Assyrian, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Karen, Korean, Kurdish, Nepali, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese and Urdu
Your Pregnancy, your health DVD Somali, Arabic, Dinka, English

How to keep your teeth healthy PDF Arabic, Burmese, Dari, English, Farsi, Karen, Nepali, Tamil
Health Checks: Information for community members about RHS clinics Pamphlet Arabic, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, and Swahili
Breathing Space: Stories of overcoming TB for refugee communities in Australia DVD Dinka, Karen, Arabic, Juba Arabic, and English
Health Check DVD: Health information for recently arrived African communities in Australia DVD English, Dinka, Kirundi, Swahili, Krio, Juba Arabic, and Liberian Pidgin-English
Talking about Medicines CD Southern Sudanese-Arabic, Dinka, and Krio
Accessing Health Services CD Somali
Cervical Cancer & Pap Tests Booklet English and Karen
Burmese Community Education Factsheet Pamphlet Burmese, Karen,English
Vitamin D Factsheet PDF

Dari, English, Farsi, Karen, Nepali, Tamil,
Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, and  Somali also available from Health Navigator, NZ

Calcium Factsheet PDF

English, Farsi, Karen, Nepali, Tamil,
Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, and Somali also available from Health Navigator, NZ

Iron Factsheet PDF

English, Farsi, Karen, Nepali, Tamil,
Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Dari, and Somalialso available from Health Navigator, NZ

The Male Condom (factsheet) PDF Dari, Karen, Tamil
English and other languages are available from Family Planning NSW.
Healthy Mouth: Something to Smile About DVD Arabic (Iraqi), Sudanese Arabic, Dari, English, Karen, Nepali, Tamil, Urdu

Refugee Health Nurse Program: Information for community members

PDF

English , Arabic , Burmese , Chinese (Simplified) , Dari , Farsi , French , Hindi , Karen , Korean , Nepali , Somali , Swahili , Tamil , Turkish , Urdu





Your Pregnancy, your health

Pregnancy Produced by: NSW Refugee Health Service, Sydney West Area Health Service, Auburn Migrant Resource Centre, NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, 2008
Format: DVD
Languages: Somali, Arabic, Dinka, English

This short film is a guide for women and their families who have recently arrived in Australia and are seeking information about pregnancy. The DVD includes information about:

  • staying healthy during pregnancy
  • the importance of seeking antenatal care early in pregnancy
  • when and where to find pregnancy information
  • the care available to pregnant women through the NSW Public Health System

For further information or to order a copy of the DVD contact: Multicultural Health Auburn/Westmead  Ph: (02) 8759 3828.

Health Check DVD: Health information for recently arrived African communities in Australia1 prize

Produced by: The NSW Refugee Health Improvement Network, 2007
Format: DVD
Languages: English, Dinka, Kirundi, Swahili, Krio, Juba Arabic or Liberian Pidgin English
Awards: Winner of the Multicultural Health Communication Awards 2007

This resource provides recently arrived African communities with clear information about health checks and procedures in Australia.
Through drama sequences the video answers the following questions:

 

Health Check
What is a Medicare Card and where can it be used?
What does Bulk Billing mean?
Why is it important to have your children immunised?
Why is it important to wash your hands with soap?
Why is it important to arrive on time to see the doctor?
How do you call for an ambulance in an emergency?
The DVD can be viewed in either English, Dinka, Kirundi, Swahili, Krio, Juba Arabic or Liberian Pidgin English and runs for approx 16 minutes.

Extracts from the DVD can be downloaded for free online in all seven languages from www.youtube.com/user/refugeehealth. The Health Check DVD can be purchased for $15 from NSW Refugee Health Service by filling in an Order Form and either posting or faxing it to us at:


NSW Refugee Health Service
PO Box 144 Liverpool BC NSW 1871
Fax: 02 8778 0790


 

Breathing Space: Stories of overcoming TB for refugee communities in Australia

Breathing Space Produced by: NSW Refugee Health Service & Parramatta Chest Clinic (SWAHS) with funding from the NSW Department of Health
Format: DVD
Duration: 20 minutes
Languages: Dinka, Karen, Burmese, Arabic, Juba Arabic and English.

‘Breathing Space’ tells the stories of three people with TB: their journey from diagnosis to treatments available from Chest clinics and other public health systems in Australia. The DVD dispels many of the myths and misconceptions about TB, and answers some of the following important questions:

  • What are the early signs of infection?
  • Why is it important to see your family doctor early?
  • Is the screening process confidential?
  • How much does screening and treatment cost?
  • How long is the treatment?

To order a free copy, please contact Deborah Baverstock at the Parramatta Chest Clinic, 9843 3113 or the NSW Refugee Health Service.

 

Talking about Medicines

MedicinesProduced by: The NSW Refugee Health Service, 2005
Format: Audio CDs
Languages: Southern Sudanese Arabic, Dinka and Krio

This resource discusses the safe use of medications. Each CD records a doctor from the relevant community and one of RHS’ Bilingual Community Educators discussing the safe use of medications, with a short musical introduction.

 

Topics include:

  • Why is it important to complete a course of medications?
  • Why can it be dangerous to share medications or use old medications?
  • Why don’t doctors in Australia give you medications every time you visit?
  • Why do doctors here often prescribe tablets instead of giving injections like they do in many parts of Africa? Aren’t injections the strongest medicine?

They are designed to be heard on radio but can also be used in waiting rooms and in group sessions. The recordings are between 7 - 14.00 minutes in length.
This project was supported by the National Proscribing Service with the generous assistance of Dr Gorgok Mator Gak and Dr J Nuli Lemoh. For more information or to order a copy please contact the Refugee Health Service.

The Audio files above are provided in "MP3" format. Clicking the links above will give you the option to save or run. MP3 files will play in most media players on the latest operating systems.

Accessing Health Services

Produced by: The NSW Refugee Health Service, 2000
Format: Audio CDs and cassette tapes
Languages: Somali

These recordings are designed for radio and group and individual use. A number of health topics relevant to newly arrived refugees are discussed. Topics include:

  • What to do in a medical emergency
  • What to do when you feel sick
  • Dental services/dental health
  • Services that assist refugees in dealing with difficulties
  • Developing links with your community/How a community worker can help you
  • Children's health services
  • Community Health Centres

This project was the result of a partnership between NSW Refugee Health Service and the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service. For more information or to order a copy please contact the Refugee Health Service.

Cervical Cancer & Pap Tests

Produced by: NSW Refugee Health Service, Cancer Council NSW, The Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre, October 2009
Format: Booklet
Languages: English and Karen

This booklet was developed as part of the Combating Cervical Cancer Project undertaken with Karen women refugees. The project aimed to increase Karen women’s awareness of cervical cancer and its prevention. Aside from the development of this written resource, community education sessions and Pap tests were provided to project participants.

Topics include:

  • nature of cervical cancer
  • risk factors for cervical cancer
  • symptoms of cervical cancer
  • preventative practices, including having regular Pap tests
  • what happens during a Pap test
  • where can women get a Pap test.

Healthy Mouth Something to Smile About

Medicines

Produced by: NSW Refugee Health Service and funded by NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy.  Additional funds made available for Urdu language by Western Sydney Local Health District.
Format: DVD
Duration: 24 min
Languages: English, Arabic (Iraqi), Sudanese Arabic, Dari, Karen, Nepali, Tamil, Urdu

To order a free DVD copy, please contact NSW Refugee Health Service on 8778 0770 or email your request on refugeehealth@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

 

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