More than 63 community members from the Burmese and Karen community attended a Healthy Start workshop on 28 April, held in collaboration with Access community services and the Brisbane South PHN Multicultural program. Participants reported the workshop increased their knowledge about health, and their confidence and motivation to look after and improve their health.

Some of the topics addressed included making appointments and visiting a doctor, accessing free interpreter service and hospital and emergency departments, oral health, sun safety, healthy food choices, immunisation and using medicines safely. Women’s and men’s health issues were discussed in separate concurrent sessions.

Fifteen students from Griffith and University of Queensland’s medical and allied health (dentistry, speech pathology and psychology) faculties delivered the education sessions, with the support of interpreters. The students enjoyed learning from the community, working with interpreters and felt more confident and knowledgeable talking about refugee health issues and delivering health care education.

A second workshop for the Zomi and Chin community was also held on 12 May.