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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 10 February 2018
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM FECCA urges submissions to Aged Care Workforce Strategy for more bilingual and bicultural aged care personnel The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA) has urged organisations involved in aged care to make written submissions of their needs to the Department of Health on its Aged Care Workforce Strategy (ACWS). The federal government is offering extensive consultation on the strategy, via its ACWS Taskforce and also invites written submissions for the next five weeks, including a series of community consultations with its chair, Professor John Pollaers in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Hobart. "This is a great opportunity for our communities to have their say on this important issue," FECCA chairperson Mary Patetsos said on Friday. "We urge interested organisations to offer their views to the government, particularly on the special challenges facing aged care workers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background," adding that culturally and linguistically diverse Australians are heavily represented in the aged care workforce and often face discrimination and racism. "They occupy the full range of occupations, from professional through to carers and support staff. The skills and welfare of our workers in aged care are so important that we urge everybody involved to take this opportunity to have their say," Ms Patetsos said, demanding that workers in aged care are properly remunerated, respected, and provided with professional pathways. Patetsos highlighted the importance of well-resourced, quality capability training as a requirement through the diversity framework, and staff trained and supported in cultural competency. The lack of bilingual and bicultural aged care workforce, to match the needs of the diverse people in their care is a pressing issue amongst ethnic communities and "Australia's migration program has to support the needs for a diverse and skilled aged care workforce," according to Patetsos. For further information contact 0403 044 216 or email@example.com Daniel Andrews comes to the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival bearing gifts Victoria’s premier to pledge funding of nearly $1m for the Greek Centre and the Festival The presence of a premier at the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival may hardly register as news; the annual event has been going strong for three decades now, getting bigger every year, something that no political leader can overlook. What makes this year's announcement that Daniel Andrews will visit the festival and get on stage to give a speech to the thousands of Greek Australian festival attendees flocking Lonsdale Street today is that this time the premier will come bearing a generous gift. Neos Kosmos can report that the Andrews Labor government of Victoria will pledge to provide $600,000 to fund the Lonsdale Greek Street Festival for the next four years. "We will keep supporting the Londsale Street Greek Festival, cementing it as a key fixture in Victoria's multicultural calendar," said the premier. On top of that, Premier Andrews is set to offer funds of $337,000 for the completion of the Parthenon Frieze replica The Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews. placed over the main entrance of the Greek Centre. "The expanded Parthenon Frieze replica will be truly striking and help enshrine our Greek identity and history in the heart of the city," he stated. Daniel Andrews visited Greece recently, where he met with the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. During his visit to the Acropolis, the Premier announced that the Labor Government of Victoria will allocate funding of $150,000 towards programs to teach Greek to preschoolers. Victoria's Minister of Youth, Jenny Mikakos, who was travelling with him, launched the program this week in Parliament, where Premier Andrews addressed the House speaking in Greek, in a symbolic mo- tion to participate in the 9 February celebration of the International Day of Greek Language. Asked to comment on the announcement, Minister Mikakos said: "I'm thrilled that everyone walking past the Greek Centre on Lonsdale Street will now see a wonderful tribute to the Parthenon marbles right here in the heart of Melbourne." The minister also praised the Lonsdale Street Festival for being "an iconic celebration" of Hellenic culture in Melbourne. "I'm pleased that our government is giving it even more support," she said. Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott shared the sentiment. "Victoria's Greek community have made immeasurable contributions to the social and economic life of our state," he said. "This additional funding will see the Lonsdale Street Festival prosper into the future. It is amongst the best festivals and demonstrations of culture in Victoria, and I anticipate it will be even bigger in years to come." Greek - Israeli researcher on the cusp of MS medical breakthrough Professor Dimitrios Karussis visits Australia in need of assistance to complete Hadassah’s research Pioneer researcher Professor Dimitrios Karussis, the director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Jerusalem's Hadassah's Department of Neurology, is about to make medical history. PHOTO: CASTELLORIZIAN AGED CARE SERVICES IN KENSINGTON, SYDNEY. NEOS KOSMOS Published since 1957 Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by ACM Printing, 126 Fairbank Road, Clayton South 3168. No. 5996 Contacts Reception Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: email@example.com Web: www.neoskosmos.com letters Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NEOS KOSMOS - English Publisher: Editor-in-chief: Address: Level 1, 169 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122 Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 Subscriptions Phone: (03) 9482 4433 Email: email@example.com Fax: (03) 9482 2962 Letters should not be more than 200 words and they must indicate your full name, address and a day time telephone number for verification. By submitting your letter to us for publication you agree that we may edit the letter for legal, space or other reasons and may, after the publication in the paper, republish it on the internet or in other media. Christopher Gogos Sotiris Hatzimanolis Editorial director: Nelly Skoufatoglou Journalists: Anastasia Tsirtsakis, Nikos Fotakis Contributors: Athanasios Athanasiou, Theodora Maios, Sophia Fatouros, Billy Cotsis, Dean Kalymniou, Fotis Kapetopoulous, Con Stamocostas, George Stogiannou, Sotiris Hatzimanolis Graphic design: Peter Kelidis, Vangelis Karakasis Proofreader: Allyson Griffith Hadassah Hospital, under Professor Karussis' guidance, is creating the groundwork scientific platform for a cure to many formerly incurable neurological diseases. While the current Hadassah research is centred on Primary Progressive MS, over time the same scientific platform could expand to tackle neurological diseases such as ALS, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. For now, the research offers dramatic hope for more than 25 million people worldwide dealing with MS. The trials at Hadassah in- volve injecting a patient's own stem cells, known as mesenchymal stem cells, which are typically found in fat tis- sue, umbilical cord and bone marrow, into the spinal fluid. Exciting preliminary results suggest that the Hadassah research may protect damaged neurons and may also help repair damaged cells. Professor Karussis is set to visit Australia at the start of March accompanied by one of his MS patients, high profile UK-based media lawyer Mark Lewis, whose journey through the groundbreaking medical trial is featured in a powerful BBC documentary In Search of a Miracle Cure. Lewis was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in his 20s and kept working whilst hiding his diagnosis. Even when the loss of strength and fatigue pinned him in a wheelchair, Lewis brought down Rupert Murdoch's flagship newspaper, News of the World singlehandedly. Since participating in Professor Karussis' trials, Lewis has had an overwhelming and instantaneous physical response, "within minutes I was getting feeling and movement back," Lewis stated. "Ongoing clinical trials on new interventions that may one day bring benefits to people with MS are very important no matter where in the world they occur. It's early days with Professor Karussis' work and so we look forward to following his trial data closely and the final published results" says Dr Matthew Miles, CEO of MS Research Australia. The profits from the conferences held by Hadassah Australia's STEM Neurological Disease campaign will go towards the completion of Professor Karussis’ MS research in Jerusalem. Melbourne: Stem Neurological Disease Launch VIC Monday 5 March 7.30 pm at Beth Weizmann Centre (306 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield, VIC) Book at trybooking.com/book/ sessions?eid=341666 Sydney: Stem Neurological Disease Launch NSW Thursday 8 March 7.30 pm at National Council of Jewish Woman of Australia (NCJWA) (111-113 Queen Street, Woollahra, NSW) Book at trybooking.com/TLLC For further information, visitstemneurologicaldisease.org Dimitrios Karussis PHOTO: JOSH EDELSON.
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