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The Multicultural Communities Council of SA is the peak organisation that efficiently services, innovatively empowers and strongly advocates for cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in South Australia.

Apply for a Churchill Fellowship

churchill logoOn 28 February the 2017 Churchill Fellowship application period will open. The Adelaide Information Session will be held between 6 – 8pm on Monday 20 February 2017 at the Thebarton Community Centre Cnr. South Road & Ashwin Parade, Torrensville.

The event  gives prospective applicants an opportunity to hear from Churchill Fellows, the Trust CEO and Chair of the selection Committee as well as meeting South Australian Churchill Fellows and being able to ask questions. Click link for more info Churchill Fellowship 2017 Fact Sheet


MCCSA hosting Harmony Day Picnic to showcase SA’s rich cultural identity

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Harmony Day Picnic performers Sourav Adhikari (Nepal), Airin Samadi (Kurdistan), Zaher Azar (Kurdistan), Lena Gasparyan (Armenia), Ras Minano (Ghana) and Rosina Gautam (Nepal). Picture: Roger Wyman

Read full article in Adelaide Now

Multicultural Playgroup

Multicultural Playgroup

MCCSA supports IWD17

MCCSA hosting a Conversation with Race Discrimination Commissioner


Emerging Communities Conference


The Emerging Communities Conference, hosted in partnership by the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Adelaide Primary Health Network and Northern Health Network, aims to improve the health care experience for recent arrivals to Australia.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for clinicians, people with lived experience and support services to discuss and develop recommendations to improve health service delivery within emerging communities.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit: www.sapmea.asn.au/emerging-communities-conference-2016 .

FASST - Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference 2017


FASSTT – the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma is pleased to announce the 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference to be held in Sydney, 29-31 March 2017. Please visit the conference website. Abstract submissions for paper presentations are now open and will close on 12 September 2016. We welcome abstracts from across the sector.

Assisting recovery from the scars of torture and refugee trauma is a crucial component of successful refugee resettlement in high income Western countries. The conference will explore the complementary role and challenges of specialist torture and trauma agencies, health services, settlement services, English and employment programs, education institutions, the community sector and policy makers, in promoting trauma recovery and successful cultural transition and integration into society.

Innovative individual and community based refugee trauma recovery interventions will be showcased by presenters from around Australia, New Zealand and the world, in plenary and oral paper presentation sessions, and pre-conference workshops. The unique conference format will also give delegates the opportunity to discuss important issues with expert panels in round table discussions focused around key topics of interest, and hear from people from refugee backgrounds who have rebuilt their lives in a resettlement country. The conference will conclude with a plenary ‘Q&A’ style panel of star national and international experts, policy makers and consumers.

For more information contact;

Melanie Leemon
Training Coordinator
Phone: (02) 9794 1900
Email: Melanie.Leemon@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

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MCCSA Celebrates Refugee Week 2016


This year many of us have celebrated Refugee week with a variety of events across South Australia. The MCCSA held a morning tea on Wednesday 22nd June to celebrate the occasion and Adelaide City Council Lady Mayoress Genevieve Theseira-Haese attended, along with many other guests.

Our Theme Connecting Refugees Past and Present, was a lovely way of acknowledging all those who have arrived on our shores over the past 70 years. People have come from all over the world and for many of them, their journeys were often fraught with challenges. People shared their stories and photos with us; it was a celebration of the positive contributions and skills that these Australians brought to their new home.

We hope to in the future to collate these and many other stories into a book. As this year’s Refugee week comes to an end, thank you to all the agencies and people who have acknowledged the incredible journeys people have taken to reach our shores. We will continue to welcome future communities and look forward to acknowledging their contributions to this wonderful country in years to come.

The Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2016


The Management Committee of MCCSA congratulates all the winners of the Governor’s Multicultural Awards 2016, hosted by His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, Governor of South Australia, in the grounds of Government House, 22nd of March 2016.

We would like to mention how very proud we are of one of our staff members, Megs Lamb a proud recipient of the Community Sector individual Award (Joint Winner).

Megan’s tireless efforts to provide practical and emotional support to asylum seekers extends beyond the role she shares with her husband, Ali Jafari, as Directors of the much respected support organisation, Welcome to Australia. Together they also provide foster and respite care for children from other cultures. The judging panel was touched by her selfless devotion to people in crisis and her efforts to cultivate love, harmony and respect.

Of the 28 finalists recognized, 14 winners were awarded for the following award categories:
Arts and Culture (individual and organisation)
Community Sector (individual and organisation)
Public Sector
Senior Volunteer
Youth (individual and organisation)
Outstanding Individual Achievement

All nominees and their nominators were acknowledged and congratulated for their work in promoting the benefits of cultural diversity, social harmony and inclusiveness in our South Australian community.

Fund my Community






Fund My Community is a $1 million grant program that will fund projects to measurably improve the wellbeing of isolated, vulnerable or disadvantaged South Australians.

But it’s unlike most other government grant programs. In Fund My Community citizens decide what projects gets funded.

On Wednesday 24 February theDepartment of Premier and Cabinet, in collaboration with the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, Community Centres SA and the Multicultural Community Council of SA, will present a workshop for the 2016 round of Fund My Community.

The workshop will be an opportunity for you to find out more about the application process, try out the online platform and workshop what you might consider when submitting your idea.

Come along to see how grant opportunities can further the good work you do with the communities and people that you support.

When: Wednesday 24 February from 1pm to 4pm.

Where: Community Centres SA, Gundy House, 1/25 Naldera Street Glandore SA 5037. See a map here: https://goo.gl/maps/FDnMtuDnBrG2

RSVP: is essential due to venue capacity. Please RSVP to Rachael via email to rachael.leverton3@sa.gov.au or telephone 08 8226 2262.


Private Rental Asistance

 Have your say on private rental!

Are you a private rental tenant, landlord, real estate agent or private rental practitioner? Join the discussion On YourSAy: www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/private-rental

Or complete a short survey online: www.surveymonkey.com/r/private-rental

Or ring the Project Team on 8207 0335 if you would prefer to complete the survey on the phone or in hard copy.

Click on link to download the flyer 90 Day Project – Have Your Say on Private Rental


IMAGE - Elder Abuse can be stopped

IMAGE - Elder Abuse can be stopped

IMAGE - Elder Abuse can be stopped

Elder Abuse can be stopped

Office for the Ageing, SA Health has launched a media campaign to safeguard the rights of older people and increase awareness of Elder Abuse by helping the South Australian community to:
• recognise the signs of Elder Abuse
• know where to go for support and information.

Elder Abuse is an act that causes deliberate or unintended harm to an older person, from a person they know and trust.

Around one in 20 older Australians experiences some form of abuse from someone they trust, who is often a member of their own family. This abuse can be financial, emotional, physical and even sexual.
Over the past five years, Elder Abuse has most commonly included financial and emotional abuse and in 80 per cent of cases the abuse was carried out by a family member.
Older people may be vulnerable to abuse, which can often go unnoticed, especially where there is increasing frailty and physical or mental decline. Elder Abuse can be a hidden problem as it happens in the relationships where it is least expected to occur.

It is important that the community has a clear understanding of the rights of older people and how these rights can be protected. This includes being aware of the signs of elder abuse and knowing where to go for help.

Recognise the signs and help put an end to Elder Abuse – visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au for more information.

Take action if you suspect abuse is occurring or you want to check in
with your own experiences. Call the SA Elder Abuse Prevention Phone Line on 1800 372 310.

The campaign is a key action from the Strategy to Safeguard the Rights of Older South Australians, Action Plan 2015-2021. 

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MCCSA Community Transport Forum 2015

Submissions – Commonwealth Home Support Programme April 2015

Some of the proposed changes in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme such the social support group fees have the potential to be very detrimental for South Australia’s CALD communities. MCCSA and members of its CALD Ageing Alliance have worked together to produce this response. 538 CALD community members from the Italian, Greek, Dutch, German, Croatian, Ukrainian, Chinese and Vietnamese communities responded to a survey to provide evidence of the benefit of social support groups and 470 people signed a petition calling for a review of fees for social support groups. For more information please read the following three responses.

MCCSA and CALD Ageing Alliance Response to National Fees Consultation Paper

MCCSA and CALD Ageing Alliance Response to CHSP Programme Manual

MCCSA and CALD Ageing Alliance response to CHSP Good Practice Guide for Restorative Care Approaches

If you would like to sign a copy of the Petition please download and forward it to Kristin Johansson 113 Gilbert St Adelaide SA 5000

MCCSA response to Reclaim Australia Rally

The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) is extremely disappointed with the reclaim Australia rallies held all over Australia including South Australia over the weekend. We strongly believe as Australians we should embrace our diversity and use its richness and values to build a strong society that will stand as one in the face of all adversity.

Helena Kyriazopoulos, President of the MCCSA said she is deeply concerned about the negative impact these rallies are having on our multicultural communities. She said these are times when we should be an example to the rest of the world.  “We should be improving relationships in our communities rather than generating divisive environs which would only serve to create tensions and mistrust in our communities”.  “The message from these rallies does not help to bring us together if anything at all it leads to division within our society. People have a right to express their view but not at the expense of alienating others in our society”. Australians have on several occasions rallied in support of our Muslim communities and other minority groups allaying the fear that they are unwanted. However, the Reclaim Australia rally undermines these efforts and sets us back in our bid for a harmonious multicultural society.

It is well documented and celebrated that Australia as a nation has much to thank its migrant population over the past 100 years. As a country Australia has evolved as one of the most advanced nations of our times.  Considering the positive contribution of migrants to our society it is important that we reach out to all members of our multicultural community and promote harmony and acceptance for all.

The MCCSA would like to reaffirm our position in support of a harmonious multicultural Australia where people from all walks of life, religion or race are welcome to live and pursue their dreams.

Petition to have the proposed fees for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme reduced and, fair and reasonable fees set

The fees proposed in the Commonwealth Home Support Programme – National Fees Policy Consultation Paper are too expensive and will destroy community programs in South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities because people will be unable to meet these costs. These programs reduce social isolation, help us maintain our own culture and help reduce depression and mental problems in our community.

At present under the fee paper for a 3 hours day centre program (social support group) with a meal if we are on a full pension we would be asked to pay:

  • 3 hours of social support at $9 an hour = $27
  • 2 one way transport trips for under 20 kilometres at $5 each way = $10
  • One meal at $9 plus the cost of ingredients

This would be over $46 for one group session.

If you are worried about these proposed aged care changes to the commmonwealt home support programme sign this Petition to have the proposed fees for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme reduced, and fair and reasonable fees set  and send it back to Kristin Johansson via email to caasa@mccsa.org.au or post to 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

 MCCSA strongly believe that it is important that we have affordable social support programs for South Australians from a CALD background!!


Landmark Review of Australian Research on Older People from CALD Backgrounds released

18 March 2015

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) released its landmark Review of Australian Research on Older People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. Despite increasing numbers of older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, research about this group has only been sporadic.  As a response, FECCA worked with the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, to review the Australian research on older people from CALD backgrounds. The report was launched by the Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison MP, at the Parliament House in Canberra, at an event hosted by the co-convenors of the Parliamentary Friends of Multiculturalism, the Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou and the Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent. The aims of the review were to identify the existing research evidence base about older CALD Australians and to identify gaps in the research, covering four broad topic areas:

  • older people from CALD backgrounds in general;
  • older people from CALD backgrounds with dementia;
  • ageing and mental health issues for people from CALD backgrounds; and
  • CALD carers and carers of older people from CALD backgrounds.

The review report highlights that older people from CALD backgrounds are not a homogeneous group and therefore meeting their needs is highly complex.  Many older people from CALD backgrounds have higher levels of disadvantage and other risk factors than older Anglo-Australians. Speaking at the event, FECCA Chair, Joe Caputo, said: “The review is unique in that it has for the first time systematically identified current evidence and gaps in research on older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia.” “This is a significant start and, we hope, it will guide policy makers, researchers, and service providers in promoting better practice, stronger collaborative partnerships and better outcomes for all older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds,” Joe Caputo concluded. To view the report, click here.  To view the factsheets accompanying the report, click here.

Media Comments:  Joe Caputo, FECCA Chair – 0419 173 122, or the FECCA Office – (02) 6282 5755, media@fecca.org.au.