The MHAHS is undertaking a major re-design of its internal flagship newsletter, the MHAHS News. Set to come into effect in time for the Winter 2018 edition, the new MHAHS News will incorporate a new layout that is more accessible and can carry a variety of online editorial content than before.

The major re-design – the first since its inception in the mid 1990s – comes off the back of numerous MHAHS attempt’s to keep the publication relevant and useful to its workforce. While overall the responses to the publication has been positive, new technologies and new opportunities for even more engagement with the staff is a key factor behind the change.

There will a strong emphasis on producing editions that will provide content that is relevant and useful to our Cultural Support Officers (CSOs), according to MHAHS News editor, Riza Yaman.

“While it is important that the look and feel of our new publication reflects the changing times, the changes that we will make will also put the needs of our CSOs first and help keep our communications open for further engagements,” said Mr Yaman.

The new newsletter will be built on the popular email newsletter building platform MailChimp and will be easier to send and evaluate.

The newsletter had been an important channel of communication for over two decades for the MHAHS.

MHAHS News has carried many kinds of news over the years. It has carried the messages of various MHAHS managers, the arrivals and departures of numerous CSOs across a range of language groups, research and community events. And who can forget the often courageous and personal stories shared by our CSOs. We hope our future editions will only enhance the availability of these elements and make them more accessible,” said Mr Yaman.
The MHAHS and Art Resistance, are teaming up once again for a hepatitis C video series. Aimed at supporting Hepatitis Awareness Week in July this year, the new venture is part of the broader NSW Health Viral Hepatitis Communication Strategy, and will include stories of people from diverse cultural backgrounds who have undergone hepatitis C treatment.

The joint venture will be the team’s first outing since co-producing the highly successful video on HIV and hepatitis C Everybody’s Business almost 10 years ago.

Everybody’s Business was a very important HIV and hepatitis C education resource in Australia, particularly for culturally diverse communities, according to Denise Voros.

Everybody’s Business was a staple education resource for community HIV and hepatitis C workers across much of Australia in the early 2000s. The videos were well received and were praised for their clarity, simplicity, cultural appropriateness and above all for their humour and liveliness. The resource was adaptable that made it easy for people to discuss what is an otherwise difficult topic,” said Ms Voros.

Produced in English, Indonesian, Khmer, Somali, Thai, Arabic, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese languages, the innovative resource won the Government Category of the 1999 Ethnic Affairs Multicultural Marketing Award.

Here is hoping for another memorable outing.
Hepatitis B awareness may be low in the community but recent information sessions organised by our Arabic Hepatitis B Project are proving increasingly popular. More than 5 community organisations have joined our project to organise information sessions and so far over 50 community members attended these sessions.

Faten Solaqa, Arabic Hepatitis B Project Officer acknowledged the community support as the key ingredient to the ongoing success of the project.

“We were lucky to have the support of key community organisations. The support we have from community organisations such as Parents Café Fairfield, SydWest Multicultural Services, Tripoli and Mena Association and Community First Step is vital,” Ms Solaqa said.

Ms Solaqa explained the sessions were part of a strategy to increase awareness of hepatitis B in the community and said she was happy with how the sessions had gone.

“All the sessions have gone well. We had lots of feedback on how good the sessions were and how much people have learnt to keep their families safe and healthy,” she said.

Ms Solaqa appreciated the range of questions people asked at these sessions and said she was pleased to see such a good turnout for the event.

“There is so much misinformation about hepatitis B in the community, so I think to have an event like this that promotes accurate information is very important. Over time, such sessions will certainly draw even more interest,” Ms Solaqa said.

The project will hold its next two information sessions at Community First Step in Fairfield on 19th and 26th April.

If you are interested in attending these sessions, or would like further information on how to organise a session, please call Faten Solaqa on 9515 1234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Key Arabic community radio stations are partnering with the Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service (MHAHS) to increase awareness of hepatitis B in the Arabic-speaking community.

The project, which is a joint undertaking with South Western Sydney Local Health District, is working with Muslim Community Radio and the Voice of Charity to produce a series of interviews to raise awareness of the importance of hepatitis B testing and treatment.

The project offers an exciting opportunity for the station, according to Faten El Dana, OAM, of Muslim Community Radio, 92.1FM.
“We're excited to work with the MHAHS again. Muslim Community Radio, 2MFM, plays an important role in bringing about positive change. Our involvement in the project is a step in that direction. Supporting the project is a great way to interact with our listeners as well as provide important health information,” said Ms El Dana.

Community radio stations remain a powerful way to reach Arabic-speaking communities, according to Faten Solaqa, Hepatitis B Project Officer from  the MHAHS.

“If we’re trying to educate culturally diverse communities, we need to include ethnic media in our efforts. Community radio outlets are highly regarded and have the capacity to reach wide audiences,” said Ms Solaqa.

For more information about our Arabic Community Hepatitis B Project, contact Faten Solaqa on 9515 1234 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.