Image: L-R; Vaccine Voices Advisers Simin Tuncer, Turkish, Albanian, Bosnian communities; Mukhtar Mohammed, Arabic-speaking communities; Mohammad Daud Karimi, Afghan community.

CEH is one of three agencies involved in a new state-wide project aimed at encouraging vaccination in CALD Communities: Vaccine Voices.

Communities have shown that when it comes to COVID-19 and vaccine information, many trust health professionals above all other information sources. This six-month project aims at connecting bilingual health professionals with their language communities, through the work of Communications and Engagement Advisers.

The three advisers contracted by CEH were recruited on the strength of their community connections and extensive networks across the Arabic-speaking, Afghan, Turkish, Bosnian and Albanian communities.

Welcome to our three advisers:

Simin Tuncer: Turkish, Albanian, Bosnian communities

Simin has been an active volunteer for the Alevi Community Council of Victoria for the past 15 years. She has worked as a Disability Employment Consultant specialising in clients with mental health illnesses, and has a background in business marketing.

Mukhtar Mohammed: Arabic-speaking communities

Mukhtar is a community advocate and community engagement practitioner with almost 10 years’ experience working in community organisations. Mukhtar has been involved  in projects  across Victoria and NSW through his role as the Multicultural Communities Adviser to the leadership of the Australian Greens.

Mohammad Daud Karimi: Afghan community

Mohammad is a medical professional from Afghanistan who has worked across community health programs in the South Eastern and Northern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 10 years. Mohammad has strong connections with Afghan communities and health professionals all over Melbourne, as well as a deep understanding of refugee health.