Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities COVID-19 Health Advisory Group

The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities COVID-19 Health Advisory Group has been established to support the Australian Government to coordinate an evidence-based response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Role

The group comprises of leaders from culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse communities and their representative organisations, health experts and medical and public health practitioners. The group builds our long engagement with culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse stakeholder groups on issues including, but not limited to, mental health, primary care, disability and aged care.

The purpose of the group is to provide Health with advice on the experience of culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse people and communities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group will also provide recommendations and options, where required, to improve health outcomes and mitigate the health impact of COVID-19, for people and communities from multicultural backgrounds.

Terms of reference

Members

Role

Name

Organisation

Chair

Dr Lucas de Toca

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Member

Dr Marcelle Noja

Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Member

Mr Mohammad Al‑Khafaji

Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia

Member

Ms Sandra Elhelw Wright

Settlement Council of Australia

Member

Dr Erika Gonzalez Garcia

Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators  

Member Ms Carmel Guerra Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

Member

Mrs Maria Johns

Multicultural Aged Care (PICAC Alliance)
Member Ms Nikki Hogan Mental Health Australia (Embrace Multicultural Mental Health)

Member

Mrs Bronwyn Morris-Donovan

Allied Health Professions Australia

Member

Dr Adele Murdolo

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Member

A/Prof Georgia Paxton

Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne

Member

Professor Christine Phillips

Refugee Health Network of Australia

Member Ms Julie Reeves Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

Member

Dr Ines Rio

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network - Health expert 

Member Tarina Rubis Social Policy Group

Member

Mr Andrei Seeto

Australian Government Department of Home Affairs

Member

Prof Helen Skouteris

Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science at Monash University

Member

Mrs Andrea Vancia

Brisbane South Primary Health Network - Health expert

Member

Dr Kate Walker

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Observer Mr Dilli Binadi State and Territory Representative, Northern Territory
Observer Professor Ben Cowie State and Territory Representative, Victoria
Observer TBA State and Territory Representative, New South Wales

Observer

Ms Emma Denehy

State and Territory Representative, South Australia

Observer Ms Astrid Lee State and Territory Representative, Western Australia

Observer

Ms Melanie Nicholls

State and Territory Representative, Queensland

Observer Dr Deren Pillay State and Territory Representative, Tasmania
Observer Mx George Vallance State and Territory Representative, Australian Capital Territory

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