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13 July 2022

Reaching Australia’s diverse communities in multiple languages with the help of FECCA

For the first time, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is releasing health messages in 10 different languages for Women’s Health Week, with the help of our new community partner, FECCA.

FECCA – the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia – is the national peak body representing people in Australia from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Alongside other community partners, the organisation helped identify and shape the multilingual messages with Jean Hailes to ensure they reach and speak to CALD communities across Australia.

The health messages, ‘Get your health checked out’ and ‘It’s okay to put yourself first’, have been translated into Arabic, Filipino, Hindi, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese, amongst other languages, and are provided as promotional social tiles along with written captions in language.

Members of CALD communities and organisations can use these in-language resources to promote Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week (5–11 September 2022) to their community, workplace, family and friends – to reach and include more women in this important health campaign, and encourage them to access valuable health information and look after their health.

Mohammed Al-Khafaji, CEO of FECCA, welcomes the partnership with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health as an important initiative to celebrate the diversity of people in Australia and support the health of members of the CALD community: “I know first-hand how important it is to have access to trusted and translated health information that you understand. We are thrilled to partner for this year's Women’s Health Week, and we hope it will encourage people to participate in the event and start a conversation about women's health.”

FECCA Director of Policy, Health & Ageing, Mary Ann Geronimo, agrees. Ms Geronimo has worked extensively with people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds in areas such as finance and health and has managed several programs tailored specifically to women. “In partnering with Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week, we are encouraging our communities, in particular women, to access valuable health information and take time out to look after themselves or get together with colleagues, family and friends.”

The health information for Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week 2022 will focus on the top five concerns in women’s health: menopause, pelvic health, mind health, movement, and health checks, and will remind women that it’s ok to put yourself first.

Women, communities and workplaces are also encouraged to get involved by hosting an event, such as a morning tea, a walk in the park with friends or colleagues, a dance class, or even an information session on mental health.

During the week, Jean Hailes will also launch the results of the annual national Women’s Health Survey revealing a picture of the most pressing health concerns of women across the country. For the first time ever, the 2022 survey was also available in languages other than English, making it more accessible for Australia’s CALD communities.

2022 marks a special year in the history of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, with Women’s Health Week celebrating its 10th anniversary and the organisation celebrating its 30th birthday. 

“Women’s Health Week is a great opportunity to work in collaboration with like-minded organisations; supporting and connecting women, making them aware of the importance of good health, and improving their health knowledge,” says Janet Michelmore AO, CEO of Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. “I am delighted to be partnering with FECCA,” she continues. “FECCA is a leading organisation supporting the CALD community and we are delighted to welcome them onboard.”

Find the translated resources.