Chronic Disease

At ECCQ we believe that all people should have access to health information and services that are culturally appropriate and relevant to their needs.

ECCQ’s Chronic Disease Program has been delivering culturally appropriate preventative care to Queensland’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities since 2007. This program aims to reduce barriers in CALD communities to accessing healthy lifestyle information and chronic disease prevention.

We develop culturally appropriate chronic disease self-management models to encourage behaviour change, promote health and wellbeing, information on nutrition and physical activity, and vital information about risk factors, symptoms and prevention.

Our team of Bilingual Multicultural Health Workers ensure communities we work with receive culturally appropriate information and support.

What we do

Living Well Multicultural Program

Funded by Queensland Health, ECCQ delivers education sessions on healthy eating and nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease education as well as provides information about the dangers of smoking and excessive alcohol consumption and where to get assistance for cessation, and understanding the Australian Health Care System.

Our Multicultural Health Workers deliver free 8-week program cycles (1 session per week) in Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay, Cairns and Southeast Queensland for the Pacific Islander communities, Australian South Sea Islander communities, Sri Lankan communities, Middle Eastern communities, African communities and Vietnamese communities.
Click to download the program brochures in English, Arabic, Samoan , Tamil and Vietnamese.

To download the referral form click here.

To see the current programs we have running click here.

For more information: Ms Hong Do 3255 1540 or

Brisbane North CALD Outreach Health Project

This project aims to establish sustainable referral pathways and strengthen the partnerships between primary health service providers and ECCQ. As part of the CALD Outreach Health Project, ECCQ and Brisbane North PHN have developed e-Referral forms to establish a reciprocal referral system between ECCQ and General Practitioners (GPs). Where appropriate, a GP can refer CALD individuals to ECCQ’s Living Well Multicultural Program, to learn about chronic disease prevention and self-management. Similarly, ECCQ will refer CALD clients with a medium or high risk of developing a chronic disease to relevant GPs.

To download the program fact sheet click here.

Referral Templates

GPs can download eReferral templates for medical practice software. Please ensure that your read the Importing Instructions (PDF – 612 KB) prior to installing these templates.

e-Referral template from GP to ECCQ:

MD |  Best Practice | Practix | Genie ZedMed

To download an e-Referral template to return by fax click here.

e-Referral template from ECCQ to GP click here.

For more information contact: Ms Elham Monsef 3255 1540 or

Aqua Safe Project

Aqua Safe initiative is a partnership between ECCQ and Brisbane City Council and Royal Life Saving Society to ensure increased participation of CALD in water safety education programs to reduce incidence of drowning among CALD communities. ECCQ delivers two hour workshops covering 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.

Click here to download program fact sheet.

For more information contact: Ms Hana Alraman 3255 1540 or

Community Engagement Project with Women from CALD Backgrounds

ECCQ’s Chronic Disease Program and the Council’s Community Development Team developed and implemented a culturally appropriate engagement process to identify cultural, social, economic and learning needs of CALD women. The project report was finalised in 2015. The Women Engagement Forums were conducted in 2016.
To see the results of this project click here.

For more information contact: Ms Helena Uhm 3255 1540 or


We have resources in a number of languages including Healthy Shopping Tour DVD and asthma self-management leaflets.


We strive to address health inequalities faced by culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Queensland through improved health literacy and system advocacy for culturally responsive service delivery and inclusive society


Recent Resources

Translated resources: Queensland Health

Translated resources on a range of chronic diseases, including diabetes, asthma and cancer. Health information can be sorted by language or topic.

Queensland Strategy for Chronic Disease 2005-2015

To keep Queenslanders healthier and help reduce these deaths, the Queensland Government has developed the Queensland Strategy for Chronic Disease 2005-2015, in partnership with a broad range of service providers and other stakeholders. This new Strategy helps prevent chronic disease … Continue reading

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Recent Publications

Community Engagement Project for CALD Communities

The June 2013 ProjectReport, Community Engagement Project for CALD Communities, funded and support by Metro North Brisbane Medicare Local (MNBML), is the out come of the work and consultation undertaken by ECCQ and MDA. This document aims to provide information … Continue reading

Care of chronic diseases in Queensland’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities

Report of a study commissioned by the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) and conducted in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) Program of Bond University, Queensland, Australia.

Multicultural health workers and chronic disease self‐management programs for CALD populations

Produced for Ethnic Communities Council Queensland and Queensland Health – Central Population Health Services.

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