The Multicultural Health Communication Service Media Unit is responsible for liaising with all media enquiries and interviews on the Service’s activities.

The Media Unit is the primary point of contact for news organisations. Contact us for interviews, bilingual speakers and special requests.

Telephone +61 2 87535006 or email jesusa.helaratne@health.nsw.gov.au

Media Releases 2019
Media Releases 2018
Media Releases 2017
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    Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams today launched Multicultural Health Week by celebrating the journey women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities have taken to good health. Mr Williams said the theme in 2017 -Women’s Journey to Good Health–iscrucial as 27.7 percent of NSW women speak a language other than English at home and a quarter of the state’s population were born overseas.

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Media Releases 2016
  • CELEBRATING MULTICULTURAL HEALTH WEEK 2016

    RECOGNISES THE ROLE OF CARERS

    Jillian Skinner

    The important role of carers from culturally and linguistically diverse(CALD) backgrounds is at the heart of this year’s Multicultural Health Week, Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka today announced. The theme of Multicultural Health Week 2016 is: Caring for Carers: Supporting people who look after someone. In 2015 there were over 2.8 million unpaid carers in Australia. Among them, 674,300 carers (25.7%) were born overseas. “Carers look after loved ones in need, and in return, we need to look after them.Reaching carers from every background is vital to supporting their selfless work and recognising their contribution to society as a whole,” Mr Ajaka said.Health Minister Jillian Skinner said Multicultural Health Week spreadsthemessageto diverse communities aboutthe importanthealth services available to them.

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    SBS TV News Report on Multicultural Health Week

Media Releases 2015
  • CELEBRATING MULTICULTURAL HEALTH WEEK

    Rights and Responsibilities

    Jillian Skinner

    Health Minister Jillian Skinner today launched Multicultural Health Weekin NSW by encouraging communities from culturally and linguistically diversecommunities to participate in their own health care journey.

    At a ceremony in Parliament House, Mrs Skinnersaid thetheme in 2015 -Rights and Responsibilities: Get involved in your health care-is apt when 27% ofNSW people speak a languageother than English at homeand 31% wereborn overseas. “The NSW Government respects the right of every citizen toaccess healthcare services and information in their language or in a way they understand,” she said.

     

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    Dental Media Alert

    NSW Health is recommending that patients who have had invasive dental procedures at four private Sydney clinics over the past several years see their GP for testing for blood-borne viruses.

    The advice follows a Dental Council of NSW and NSW Health investigation of the clinics, which has identified multiple infection control breaches have likely occurred over an extended period.

    The four surgeries are The Gentle Dentist, located in both Campsie and the Sydney Central Business District (CBD), and Dr Robert Craige Starkenburg's clinics at Bondi Junction and Surry Hills.

    NSW Health has established a public information line staffed to assist patients of either practice who may have questions on 1800 610 344

    Dental Media Alert (English)

    Dental Media Alert (English)

     

    Dental Media Alert (Chinese Simplified)

    Dental Media Alert (Chinese Simplified)

    Dental Media Alert (Chinese Traditional)

    Dental Media Alert (Chinese Traditional)

Media Releases 2014
  • September 2014

    MULTICULTURAL HEALTH WEEK

    Get Healthy at Work program

    Joint Release - Multicultural Health Week 2014

    Joint Release - Multicultural Health Week 2014

    The health and wellbeing of workers from culturally and linguistically diverse(CALD) backgrounds is the focus of this year’s Multicultural Health Week, launched today by Health Minister Jillian Skinner.Local MPs Kevin Connolly (Riverstone) and Andrew Rohan (Smithfield) joined Mrs Skinner at the event aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles for multicultural communities.“Multicultural Health Week is a fantastic opportunity for everyone in the workplace to have the conversation about making healthier choices when it comes to food and fitness,” Mrs Skinner said.

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    Press Release Multicultural Health Week 2014 - Health Minister Jillian Skinner

    Press Release Multicultural Health Week 2014 - Health Minister Jillian Skinner

    All workers from multicultural backgrounds are encouraged to be active, eat healthy and be smoke free at work this Multicultural Health Week. Studies show that 96% of working-age Australians had at least one chronic disease risk factor and 72% had multiple risk factors. Research indicates that the greatest disease burdens aretobacco smoking, alcohol misuse, poor dietphysical inactivity andunhealthy weight. This year, Multicultural Health Week focuses on the health of workers urging them to make lifestyle changes, such as eat healthily, increase physical activity and achieve weight loss to help prevent or delay the progression of chronic diseases.

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    June 2014

    Measles outbreaks in South East Asia trigger vaccination reminder for travellers

    Measles outbreaks in South East Asia trigger vaccination reminder for travellers

    Measles outbreaks in the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia have prompted an urgent reminder for people travelling to South East Asia to check they and their children are fully immunised for measles before their departure. Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health, said measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised. “Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing, and is one of the most contagious infections known,” Dr Sheppeard said. “Complications can range from diarrhoea and ear infections to swelling of the brain and pneumonia.

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Media Releases 2013