Latrobe Health Assembly

Stand Up For Humanity

The Pharmacy Guild (Victoria branch), Latrobe Community Health Service, Latrobe Health Assembly and the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley and the Latrobe Health Assembly have partnered to deliver an anti-racism campaign to the Latrobe Valley and beyond.

The Pharmacy Guild (Victoria branch), Latrobe Community Health Service, Latrobe Health Assembly and the United Muslim Sisters of Latrobe Valley have partnered to deliver an anti-racism campaign to the Latrobe Valley and beyond.

COVID-19 has created fear, which is a key ingredient for amplifying existing racism in any society, and has uncovered social and political fractures within communities with racialized and discriminatory responses. Locally, it means that the spread of COVID-19 has increased discrimination towards people from South East Asian backgrounds. This has included refusing services from people of certain nationalities, discrimination in service provision, and micro aggression or direct acts of violence.

Following some reports of such incidents in Gippsland, and discussions with relevant services, a campaign to promote unity has been developed with the support of front-line workers with the statement “We don’t discriminate, and neither should you”.

The poster campaign features local Pharmacist Vinh Nguyen, Federation University nursing student Kacie Duncan and Senior Constable Tiago Albano from Victoria Police. It also includes important information for reporting racism related incidents.

The campaign is being offered to front-line service organisations, retailers, schools, cafes and local community organisations. It is a chance for these organisations to demonstrate their unity to stamp out unacceptable racial discrimination.

Click here to download a printable poster for your business or organisation 

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Anti-racism webinar

On Thursday July 30, we presentated a webinar that unpacked the experiences of racism and discrimination by our First Nations and multicultural communities and begun a discussion on how we can break the silence and work together to create an inclusive community in Gippsland and beyond that cares for every member of the community regardless of their colour and race.

The webinar featured guest speakers:

  • Dr Zuleyha Keskin
    Zuleyha Keskin is the Course Director at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University. She is also a senior lecturer in Islamic spirituality and contemporary Islamic studies. Zuleyha is a co-founder of ISRA Australia and the Managing Editor of the Australian Journal of Islamic Studies journal, a double-blind peer reviewed academic journal.
  • Aunty Cheryl Drayton
    Aunty Cheryl is an Elder and Director of Kurnai Nations Pty Ltd. Aunty Cheryl leads numerous pieces of work to set and provide strategic direction through identifying key strategic
    business and social opportunities that will allow Kurnai and other Aboriginal people living in West Gippsland to achieve their dreams and vision as individuals, families and as a community.
  • Tina Hosseini
    Tina Hosseini is a Commissioner with the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC). She originally joined the VMC as Youth Commissioner, having been a member of the Multicultural Youth Network and holding youth leadership roles at the Red Cross, the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

You can view the recording of the webinar below