Brisbane South PHN Partners In Recovery will work with AMPARO and our partner organisation, Harmony Place, to help culturally and linguistically diverse community members with mental health issues transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

AMPARO Advocacy recently received additional funding from the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability to deliver the Targeted Strategies National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Participant Readiness Initiative.

The project will raise awareness about the NDIS in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities through a Bicultural Community Education Worker model, where bicultural community education workers provide information about disability and the NDIS – through community workshops and/or face-to-face information sessions (Brisbane, Redlands and Logan) – for individuals with disability and their families in their homes.

The initiative currently has five bicultural community education workers who speak Arabic, Spanish, Hazaragi, Rohingyian and Somalian.

A further five workers who speak Amharic, Tigrinya, Sudanese Arabic, Karen and Kirundi will also be trained and available to start visiting families during July.

Please visit: www.amparo.org.au for fact sheets about disability and the NDIS in 33 languages plus information videos in 10 languages.

For further information please contact: AMPARO’s multicultural community engagement project worker, Jo Cochran, by emailing jo@amparo.org.au or phoning 3354 4900.

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