On the occasion of the Buddha’s birthday event at the Phật Đà temple on Sunday 26 May, Vietnamese Community Health Workers Tam Do and Linh Nguyen from ECCQ set up an information stall in order to reach the wider Vietnamese community in Brisbane.
The event attracted some 500 visitors throughout the day, who came to say their prayers at the temple, have lunch from the food stalls, and socialise with friends and family. Throughout the day many of the attendees would come by the information stall and were happy to hear about the various free services on offer. Visitors were also delighted that services and information materials are available in Vietnamese.
Prevention, testing and awareness for hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections are main objectives of the program and having bilingual community health workers at cultural events has proven to be a great way to reach community members who might otherwise be difficult to reach.
Queensland Health has funded ECCQ for the past 25 years to engage with migrant and refugee communities to provide information, community education and support services across Queensland.
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