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Chronic disease and living well

ECCQ’s Chronic Disease Program has been delivering culturally appropriate preventative care since 2007.

Our team of trained Bilingual Multicultural Health Workers (MHWs) ensure communities we work with receive culturally appropriate information and support to live healthy lifestyles and to prevent or self-manage chronic disease.

Living Well Multicultural Program

Our team deliver education sessions in community languages or simplified English on: 

  • healthy eating and nutrition (including food shopping and label guides, budgeting and planning ahead, recipe modification and cooking demonstrations, food safety and food hygiene, healthy lunch boxes and nutrition for older people) 
  • physical activity (including education, demonstrations and home exercises guides using a TheraBand) 
  • chronic disease education and prevention (including diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among others)
  • information about the dangers of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and where to get assistance for cessation 
  • understanding and navigating the Australian Health Care System 

We have culturally tailored our resources for the following communities:

  • Pacific Islander communities and Australian South Sea Islander communities 
  • Sri Lankan communities 
  • Arabic Speaking communities 
  • Afghan community 
  • African communities 
  • Bhutanese community 
  • Myanmar community
  • Vietnamese 

We have translated resources in the following languages: Samoan, Arabic, Dari, Burmese and Vietnamese. 

Download program brochures in English and Community languages here.

For more information or enquiries about our resources or having these workshops delivered to your communities, please contact Ms Hong Do at 07 3255 1540 or email: [email protected] 

Health Navigation Project 

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 or three free sessions focused on chronic disease self-management and prevention are delivered in Simplified English or community language in a one on one or small group setting at a place convenient for the following communities: Arabic speaking, Afghan, Bhutanese, Chinese, Myanmar and South Sea and Pacific Islanders 

Download the program brochure in: English, Arabic, Chinese, Dari and Burmese.

For more information please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or  email [email protected]  

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 Healthcare 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. 

Download the program brochure in: English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

We accept referrals from GPs, clinics and service providers, download a referral form here.

For more information please contact Ms Millicent Okuto on 3255 1540 or email [email protected]  

Aqua Safe Project 

Aqua Safe initiative is a partnership between Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Logan City Council and Royal Life Saving Society to ensure increased participation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in water safety education programs to reduce incidence of drowning among CALD communities.  This project is funded by Brisbane City Council and Logan City Council. 

Aqua safe project delivers 2-hour workshops that cover the following topics: dangers at swimming pools, pool’s rules and regulations, key actions to prevent drowning at swimming pools, beaches and rivers and creeks, responding to emergencies and CPR.  ECCQ‘s Bilingual Multicultural Health Workers will deliver  workshops in the community language to Arabic speaking, Afghan, Myanmar, Pacific Islanders, Chinese and Nepalese communities residing in Brisbane and Logan City Council areas.  

Download the program brochure in English here.

For more information please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or email [email protected] 

Alcohol Harm Prevention Project

The Alcohol Harm Prevention Project is funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission and works in partnership with Brisbane City Council, Brisbane South Primary Health Networks, The Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drugs Agencies and Metro South Health.

The project aims to educate and support communities on the harms and effects of alcohol and where to find appropriate support. Target communities include Samoan, Sudanese and Vietnamese. The program events are all led, developed and executed by the community.
To read more about community led initiatives, please read the ECCQ booklet, Community solutions to address impacts of alcohol.

An Alcohol in your Community flyer has also been developed and is available for download in English, Vietnamese and Samoan.   

For more information please contact Ms Kristy Lekkas on 3255 1540 or  email kristy[email protected]

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