I am very excited to present to you our Winter edition of Polyglot through web and online distribution, to bring you more news about our health communication campaigns.

This year has been a very productive one already for our NSW Multicultural Health Communication (MHCS) team as we have so many activities and campaigns lined up for 2016, with new members who have joined our family.

We are even more determined to run effective and relevant health programs to cater to the growing needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities given the latest news from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, (ABS) which reports that the proportion of Australians who were born overseas has hit its highest point in over 120 years with 28% of Australia’s population born overseas.


I am very proud to share the news that the Cancer Institute NSW has officially announced that the Pink Sari Project has successfully helped increase the breast screening rates amongst the Indian and Sri Lankan women. We share this achievement with you all who have helped promote the key messages to the communities.

MHCS is also extending the reach of our campaigns to more geographical areas to increase the impact of our health messages.

The Pink Sari Project is going regional with upcoming events in Newcastle, Woolgoolga and Griffith. Our Heart Health campaign continues this year to spread heart health messages to Chinese speakers in NSW and Victoria, this time we also target Arabic communities. And for World No Tobacco Day, we launched a media campaign promoting the Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese Quitlines to help smokers quit. Read all this and more on this Polyglot edition.

I want to thank you all again for your continuous and overwhelming support as our ultimate partners in this important mission to bridge positive health outcomes within diverse communities.

Best wishes,

Peter Todaro


NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

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