World Wellness Group and Culture in Mind are on the move. Our new address from 26 March 2018 is right next door - 33 Stoneham Street STONES CORNER. All our contact details remain the same apart from the physical location.
With the recent introduction of new specialist multicultural mental health services and programs we held an info session for service providers to find out more about these programs and referral pathways in order to assist in understanding which programs are suitable for clients along the continuum of mental health. This session was being organised by Culture in Mind and World Wellness Group. More info about the info session here.
WWG was award a Griffith Australia Day award on 28 January 2018 by the Hon. Terri Butler MP in recognition of WWG volunteers and also staff and practitioners who contribute many hours beyond their paid roles. Many of these hours are contributed to supporting Medicare ineligible people seeking asylum.
Our two-pager annual summary report is out!
It was a full-house at Cloudland on Sunday 5 November for a star-studded comedy event. We were truly entertained with the hilarious stand-up comedy from Judith Lucy, Dave Thornton, Mel Buttle, Damien Power and Steph Tisdell. A huge thank you to all who attended and most of all - to these fabulous comedians for their generosity. We love you guys!
Thanks to the Brisbane City Council's Active Parks Program the WWG physical activity program will be expanding in 2018. On the menu we will have at various locations on the north and southsides:
After going through the AGPAL accreditation process in the first half of 2017 we are super happy and excited to announce that we are now a fully accredited practice! AGPAL stands for Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited.
Our film night will be held on Friday 21 April at 5.30pm, with the film starting at 6.30pm. If you are unable to use your ticket and require a refund, please get in touch with us by 16 April.
After much consideration and taking advice, we have reluctantly decided to postpone our film night on 31st March due to the severe weather in Brisbane and needing to put safety first. We will reschedule to another date as soon as we can and we will be touch with everyone who bought a ticket. If the new date is unsuitable for any ticket-holder, we will refund the ticket up until 5 days before the event (16 April). We do apologise.
WWG will be launching the Don't Stand By campaign at the upcoming film night fundraiser. This campaign will raise much needed funds so that WWG can secure a long-term and bigger clinic. More information about the campaign here. More information about the film night here.
Since late 2016 we have noticed a sharp rise in people accessing our clinic without Medicare eligibility and without income support. The support we provided in December 2016 was double to that of October 2016. Donations are being sought to support this work - it is not just the cost of the medical appointments that are hitting us, but our clients don't have funds for the medicines, the referrals they need (e.g. pathology), many need food help and some are homeless.
On 5 July we were chuffed to find out that we made it to the finalist list of the Queensland Telstra business awards . We were even more chuffed to win the inaugural charity category for Queensland!
In May 2016, we launched our $25K campaign with the task of raising $25K to help continue our work with highly vulnerable and Medicare ineligible people.
After winning the Queensland Multicultural Business Excellence Award, one of our Founding Directors Rita appeared in a story on 612ABC radio - listen here.
We wish to thank everyone who has been part of the WWG journey for the past three and a half years as this award is truly a tribute to everyone who has been involved: our founding directors, health practitioners, donors and supporters, volunteers, clients, partnership organisations and many others who have helped and supported us in various ways.On 22 August 2015 WWG won the Queensland Government Multicultural Business Excellence Award!
In response to demand and our experience that many newly arrived women are in need of women's health information, our GP Dr Sue Gray and practice nurse Rebecca Goodchap launched their women's health info sessions on Friday 7 August. More than 20 women from four language groups came along and early feedback was extremely positive. We plan to run more in September!
WWG and Culture in Mind are running an Art Therapy group. Starting Friday 14th August 10.30 to 12noon. Facilitated by Lody Levy, an art therapist and social worker with over 25 years experience working with migrants and refugees in mental health, this group will work with a range of art materials to provide a safe and inclusive space for personal reflection and expression. Call 3333 2100 to book. The group runs for five weeks.
In response to the growing demand for our services, WWG is actively recruiting more GPs. If you're interested, we'd love to hear from you.
In response to the escalating distress and mental health crises being experienced by our asylum seeker clients, WWG sent an open letter to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection on 19 June 2014. The letter was also sent to the editor of the Courier Mail.
We are now providing a very low cost acupuncture pain clinic on Thursdays between 11.30 and 1.30pm. Please click here to read more.
We are planning to provide a community acupuncture pain clinic as so many of our clients are suffering from pain. We are currently fundraising specifically for this clinic and once we have enough of the basic requirements together (trolly, chairs, needles, small amount of funds), we will get started. If you can help, please get in touch.
WWG raised $15,900 in 30 days to keep providing health care to disadvantaged and vulnerable migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Since our funding campaign officially closed, we have been approached by people who still would like to contribute! We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all those who not only donated, but volunteered their time at the various functions and who provided moral support.
WWG's funding campaign went live on Monday 13 May 2013! A long list of eminent people renowned nationally and internationally in the fields of primary care, mental health, multicultural affairs and social enterprise and business have publicly supported our efforts to establish a viable health clinic for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
Here is Professor John Mendoza's full statement of support:
When asked to be a campaign ambassador for the World Wellness Group to support the provision of mental health services for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, I did not hesitate. The reasons were to me were self-evident.
Australia is one of the world's strongest democracies. Yet we, the current generations, are failing ourselves and our heritage as a champion nation for human rights and peace.
We have allowed our political leaders to establish increasingly harsh regimes for 'managing' people (refugees and asylum seekers) arriving by boat. In world terms, the numbers of arrivals is a modest problem. Yet we have basically adopted a system that uses these people as a human shield. A practice we rightly condemn when used by others.
We are all knowingly deliberately setting out to harm these people so as to deter others who may through circumstances beyond their control leave their homelands. By doing so we are adding to the trauma that many of these people have already experienced. We are knowingly adding to their vulnerability to serious mental health problems and their risk of self-harm and suicide.
We know as Australians that we already have a grossly inadequate mental health system - over-stretched, over-stressed. Yet we are knowingly adding to that stressed system, women, children and men with serious mental health problems.
Then when these folk are allowed community detention and a bridging visa, our political leaders have implemented a regime where these folk cannot access adequate healthcare and are not permitted to work for up to five years.
Until our political leaders recognise the moral bankruptcy of these regimes, those of us of good conscience must assist these women, children and men. If we do not act or speak out, then we can expect further bad things to happen and for our nation to be diminished.
I ask that you give.
Professor John Mendoza, Adj Professor, Health and Sport Science, University of Sunshine Coast, Adj Assoc/Professor, Medicine, Sydney University, Director, ConNetica Consulting Pty Ltd
Everyone is invited to the launch of our upcoming crowd-funding campaign on Monday 13 May between 4-6pm at the WWG office - 28 Dibley Street, Woolloongabba. See you there! For more information about the campaign, please refer to our e-newsletters.
In March 2013 WWG commenced providing EAP services to a large non-government organisation. As an organisation that specialises in culturally appropriate and holistic wellbeing services, WWG is an ideal EAP provider.
One of WWG's Directors, Nera Komaric, is an accredited Health Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Program facilitator. The first HEAL program got started in March and runs weekly for 8 weeks. The program is being culturally adapted and uses qi gong and pranayama instead of conventional physical activity and cooling down techniques.
In January 2013 WWG became the External Supervision provider for the Red Cross Australia (Queensland) Migration Support Program (MSP) which provides support to refugees, asylum seekers, immigration detainees and other people who are vulnerable as a result of migration. Since January, WWG’s Greg Turner has been providing group supervision to each team consisting of around 7 case workers as well as to Team Leaders from across all the MSP. Feedback from supervisee’s and management has been overwhelmingly positive and focuses particularly on the knowledge and experience of the WWG supervisor in specific content environment in which the MSP operates as well as skills in the process of group and individual supervision. As an external supervision provider, WWG is able to provide a confidential space for supervisee’s with none of the limitations of internal supervision such as role conflicts, power differentials and /or organisational dynamics. WWG is able to provide external group and individual supervision which is contextually based drawing from WWG’s extensive experience in the migrant and refugee sector. Contact WWG to discuss external supervision for your organisation.
WWG has commenced its general practice service and is open for referrals to its refugee health and wellbeing program which provides general health and mental health assessment and treatment through a network of health practitioners including general practitioners, psychiatrists, allied health workers and traditional medicine practitioners.
WWG provides a range of expert consultancy and training services to non government organisations, government departments and community groups to generate funds to provide its own health and wellness services.