Utopia news and events

Mass vaccination at Westgate Baptist Church

On Saturday the 18th of September Utopia in collaboration with the Karen community at Westgate Baptist Church in Yarraville vaccinated 183 Karen individuals. Utopia would like to thank the Westgate Baptist church for mobilising the Karen community and providing Utopia with the volunteers and resources to make this happen. To read the article in the church's newsletter written by Martin West, please click here.

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Utopia does mass covid-19 vaccines!

On Saturday the 11th of September Utopia Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health ran our first covid-19 mass vaccination clinic. We asked DHHS and other organisations for help - but the help we got came from an unexpected quarter. 6 volunteers from the Karenni community rallied to come and help us. The story was covered by David Estcourt from the Age newspaper and appeared on their front page.

Read the online article here

The arts and health - interwoven!
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Health is but once aspect of well-being. The arts are an integral part of sense of well-being. 

Our supporters Brave New Eco are raising funds to purchase two tapestries from Karen artists. These tapestries will hang in our waiting room.

Please see BNE's blog and crowd-funding page and consider donating to this group of traditional weavers.

https://gofund.me/2495b901

https://www.braveneweco.com.au/blog/2021/5/28/utopia-refugee-and-asylum-seeker-health

CALD communities and vaccination

Cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities of the west of Melbourne were the worst hit in Melbourne's deadly winter of 2020. Yet there is limited support for vaccinating this group where it matters - at the place where they turn to for their health needs... Utopia. Read more about this in our GPs' article in Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/02/our-vulnerable-patients-trust-us-but-victorias-vaccination-system-is-hard-to-navigate

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