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Keeping up your physical health during COVID-19

There are so many important reasons to stay active at this time: •    Exercise can help strengthen our immune system which is of great importance during this pandemic. •    Exercise decreases stress and anxiety which is crucial to all of us at a time when we are facing great uncertainty…...

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Know the COVID-19 facts (in your language)

Find the facts! Three great sources for resources about COVID-19 in other languages. 1) Resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications from the Australian Government Arabic Chinese English Vietnamese Farsi Italian Korean Spanish Swahilli  Tigrinya Greek Chin Hazaragi Kurdi 2) Visit Australian Government YouTube channel to view SBS’s COVID-19…...

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Harmony Happiness

HARMONY HAPPINESS, in recognition of Harmony Day. Known as the world market, Dandenong Market is a 153 year old traditional working market [and]… everyone from around the world feels at home here, and you will too, it’s like strolling around a souk or meandering through a hawkers market: the market…...

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SMRC open and available for service delivery

From the office of the CEO Following on from the Stage 3 restrictions announced Monday, all SMRC services will now be delivered remotely by staff. Our service delivery is well placed to continue connecting with our community in meaningful ways including personal connection via phone and the use of innovative…...

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What you need to know about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What is COVID-19 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses known to cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This new coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease…...

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Corona virus (COVID-19) update

ACCESS SERVICE CHANGES DURING CORONAVIRUS (COID-19) HEALTH & SAFETY SMRC is complying with official requirements. Infection control is a core responsibility for SMRC and we continue to work closely with the Federal and State Departments of Health advice. The advent and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has prompted SMRC to…...

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2020 series

SMRC is thrilled to bring to you the 2020 SERIES focusing on community connections and professional development. We have two very exciting steams: Community Connections and the Leaders Lab. LEADERS LAB – a year-long empowerment program for (aspiring) community leaders. *** NEWS FLASH **** Leadership Series now online!!! The 2020 ONLINE Series…...

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Coronavirus update at a glance.

Knowledge is power. Find the latest health information from the Australian Government regarding coronavirus. Learn more at health.gov.au/news/coronavirus-update-at-a-glance...

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New Board for a new year.

Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre (SMRC) held their AGM recently, which saw the election of a new Board of Directors headed by returning Chair, Mr Brian Oates. Elections were held for 5 positions as a result of the retirement of Mr Hafez Abdul Wahab (Deputy Chair and board member since…...

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Successful early-learning program to start earlier

HIPPY, the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters, which is a transformative early learning and parenting program, is extending to a HIPPY Age 3. In 2020, SMRC has been chosen as one of nine HIPPY communities that will participate in a one-year HIPPY Age 3 Demonstration project. “SMRC is…...

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