News In Brief 12 September

13:38' 03-09-2018
In October over 60 students from nine Victorian schools will travel to China, the state’s biggest trading partner, for a six-week immersion experience.

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    Victorian Students Off To China

    In October over 60 students from nine Victorian schools will travel to China, the state’s biggest trading partner, for a six-week immersion experience.

    The students are taking part in the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program, designed to build their leadership skills, prepare them for work in a globalised world, and increase the number of students studying Mandarin beyond Year 9.

    They will experience traditional and contemporary Chinese culture by attending a local school, visiting historical attractions and taking part in everyday life. This will bring the total number of Year 9 students who have taken part in the program to more than 1400.

    The State Government has committed funding the China program until 2022, as well as piloting two new Young Leaders programs to India (2019-20) and to Indonesia (2019).

    New Translated Health Resources

    Victorians can now access more health information in their own language, with the addition of new resources to the Health Translations Directory, managed by the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health on behalf of the Victorian Government.

    Women can make more informed decisions about their breast health with the help of a new illustrated book, “Your Guide to Breast Health”. It is available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Burmese, Punjabi, as well as several African and Middle Eastern languages.

    Asthma Australia has new translated resources available in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese Dari, Dinka, Swahili, Vietnamese and Nepali, and Palliative Care Victoria has recently added the Karen language of Myanmar to their already large range of bilingual “What is palliative care?” brochures.

    The directory, which holds thousands of other resources on a range of health issues, can be found at www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcht.nsf.

    Supervised Injecting Room Saving Lives

    Construction work is set to begin soon on the new purpose-built medically supervised injecting room (MSIR) in Richmond, as early results show the existing facility is already saving lives.

    Just two months into the trial, the MSIR has had around 8,000 total visits, more than six times the Sydney MSIR in its first two months.

    MSIR staff have safely responded to 140 overdoses, many of which would have otherwise been fatal. Feedback also shows clients are engaging with staff, seeking treatment for a range of health issues and asking for referrals for drug dependence treatment.

    The early results demonstrate the need for a purpose-built facility to provide more counselling and treatment rooms, and more capacity for treatment and support services to help people kick their drug dependency.

    Half Of Level Crossings Gone

    Since the Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA) was established in 2015 by the Victorian Government, 27 level crossings have been removed, including nine between Caulfield and Dandenong. This is over half of the 50 dangerous and congested level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne to be removed by 2022.

    Up to 29 level crossings will be removed by the end of 2018, with 35 of the 50 removals expected to be completed or underway by this time.

    The rail infrastructure project is the largest in the state's history. During peak construction in June this year, there were more than 6,600 workers across 18 sites.

    A dedicated training centre in Clayton, established in partnership with Chisholm TAFE as part of the project, is training and upskilling workers. The government has made 30 priority TAFE courses free, and added 30,000 new training places.

     

     

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