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  • AIDS  is still here and it is still killing

    AIDS is still here and it is still killing

    World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the communities about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.   In Melbourne he Victorian African Health Action Network (VAHAN) is organising a community forum at VU metro West in Footscray to reflect on  what has changed HIV & AIDS in Australia […]

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  • New job opportunities for qualified migrants with the Australian Tax Office  (ATO)

    New job opportunities for qualified migrants with the Australian Tax Office (ATO)

    NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES – APPLY NOW!   Jesuit Social Services (JSS) is collaborating with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to deliver the “Opening Doors” initiative, which is a program  set up by ATO to offer twelve month paid employment experience to people from refugee and humanitarian backgrounds with Australian citizenship.     Applications are now being accepted and will be opened till  20 December 2018, for roles to commence in March 2019.   Through this initiative, participants will receive: preparation training […]

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  • If it is a problem: take action.

    If it is a problem: take action.

    Josh Phiri is a counsellor working with Gambler’s help and assisting people who are struggling with a variety of issues related to problem gambling.  Mr Phiri works with many clients from a multicultural background and as a Kenyan-born Australian, he understands quite well some of the specific challenges that relate to ethnic groups in their Australian context and how to best assist them minimise and/or avoid gambling harm.  Josh was interviewed by AMA’s Clyde Sharady.      AMA: Apparently gambling […]

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  • Burke street stabbing in Melbourne: Africans leaders condemn the attack.

    Burke street stabbing in Melbourne: Africans leaders condemn the attack.

    Bourke Street Attack 9th November 2018 – African Australian Communities Response Like all well-meaning and decent Victorians, the entire African Australian communities are deeply saddened and stand united in condemning the abhorrent and despicable attack in Bourke Street on Friday 9th November 2018.  We stand with the victims of this incident and send our sincere condolences to their families and friends. We commend and thank Victoria Police for their swift, measured and professional response in bringing the situation promptly under […]

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  • Afroshine Australia Awards: over 30 people awarded for their good work in the community

    Afroshine Australia Awards: over 30 people awarded for their good work in the community

    The 2018 Afroshine Awards night took place on Saturday November 10th and brought together close to 200 people from all over Australia to celebrate positive achievements within African communities. 35 people were awarded and 16 individuals were commended.  The full list of finalists include: Category 1: Community Leadership Winners Dr Apollo & Dr Charles (Community Leadership) Francis Acquah (Community leadership  & Mental health)  Commended Sadiki Mukasa Jude Ediae Category 2: Artistic and individual talents Saed Abdella Hazel Zirobwa Jael Wena […]

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  • Public voting starts for the 2018 AFROSHINE AUSTRALIA AWARDS

    Public voting starts for the 2018 AFROSHINE AUSTRALIA AWARDS

    This year we have introduced public voting for AFROSHINE AUSTRALIA AWARDS. The voting will count for 40% and the judging panel’s assessment will count for 60%  of the total 100 points in the overall assessment of the awards. The judging panel’s assessment will be done based on the following criteria : 1- Significance  2-Impact in the community  3- Innovation 4- Consistency.  Nominees are now called to t0 inform their fans and supporters to vote for them or send testimonials about […]

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  • Adeola in Melbourne

    Adeola in Melbourne

    Adeola Fayehun is a hard-hitting journalist who has carved her own path as the host of satirical online news show ” Keeping It Real”. Adeola uses satire to flip how the African diaspora and lived experience are reflected in the media – instead of being the subject, Africans are active players in control of the narrative. Through her technological and media savvy, Adeola is also making great moves, both in connecting with audiences and effecting change.     To book […]

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  • Dealing with gambling harm within multicultural communities

    Dealing with gambling harm within multicultural communities

    Gambling can be fun, but a lot of times it ends up causing a significant amount of harm, if the gambler becomes addicted and unable to control their addiction. Anecdotal evidence suggests that increasingly more young people from a multicultural background are experiencing issues related to gambling addiction. In this video, AMA talks to Josh Phiri, a therapeutic counsellor with Gambler’s help to discuss issues pertaining to gambling in the communities.  

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  • Multicultural youth falling victims of problem gambling

    Multicultural youth falling victims of problem gambling

    Gambling can be fun and a lot of young people see it as such. But there is a lot more to gambling than just fun and the possibility of wining big money.   Gambling is an activity that attracts the attention of a lot of Australians in general. Statistics available through Wikipedia indicate that more than 80% of adults Australians engage in gambling of some kind and this is the highest rate in the world. With a such a high […]

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  • Africans in Wyndham react to Victoria Police’s Task Force consultation

    Africans in Wyndham react to Victoria Police’s Task Force consultation

    Media Release  Wyndham African Communities’ Network (WACN)    The Wyndham African Communities Network (WACN) has followed with interest the community consultation session organised by the African Australian Task Force (AATF) on Wednesday 5thSeptember in the city of Wyndham.  WACN members believe that the Task force is a good initiative, which may help address many issues affecting youth at risk and troubled youth within African communities. We are encouraged by the high turn up during the consultation meeting, which demonstrates high […]

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  • Who is helping troubled young Africans in Melbourne

    Who is helping troubled young Africans in Melbourne

    African communities in general and South Sudanese groups in particular are still grappling with issues affecting a small but growing section of troubled youth who are increasingly attracting attention from the media and right wing commentators and politicians. There is growing interest from the Victorian government to address this issue, both from a political perspective, given that the elections are near, as well as from a social cohesion and community harmony standpoint. However, it appears that many of the government-funded […]

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  • Exciting new tech innovations in Africa

    Exciting new tech innovations in Africa

    Ripe for Innovation   Africa is a continent that is usually  not associated with innovation. The continent has had more than its fair share of social and political problems. As of late though, it seems that Africa is breaking out of its shell and bucking this stereotype. Everyday there are new and interesting innovations that are changing the way people think about the continent.   Africa has become fertile tech ground for many reasons. The first is that there is […]

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  • Nominations are now open for Afroshine Australia Awards

    Nominations are now open for Afroshine Australia Awards

    It is that that time of the year, time for the end of the year awards and time for the 6th edition of AFroshine Australia Awards, the only national awards program for African-Australian communities around the country. Afroshine awards seek to highlight great stories of excellence and altruistic contributions by and from African individuals and organisations in Australia. It is about recognising the value that many African people add to the development of Australia and tell a different story from […]

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  • Sudanese leadership: Deng Majak responds to Achol Marial’s allegations

    Sudanese leadership: Deng Majak responds to Achol Marial’s allegations

    The leadership crisis within the South Sudanese community remains unresolved. In this video interview, Deng Majak, the secretary general of the South Sudanese Community Association of Victoria (SSCAV), responds to Achol Marial and her group  and calls them a joke. Achol’s supporters recently met in Melbourne to oust the chair of the association and two other members of the executive committee. Watch the video for more informatoin       

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  • Funding boost for vulnerable families

    Funding boost for vulnerable families

    Vulnerable families in Victoria will receive more support thanks to additional funding announced today by the Victorian government.   A funding package of $72.4 million has been announced today by Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos  over two years  to support vulnerable families and children.   “Every Victorian child deserves the best start in life and the best chance to reach their full potential. The most effective way to achieve this is by investing in programs we know will strengthen families […]

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  • Achol Marial explains her position regarding the leadership issue in SSCAV

    Achol Marial explains her position regarding the leadership issue in SSCAV

    Achol Marial has granted an interview to AMA in which she clarifies her position regarding the latest leadership challenge within the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria.  

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  • Leadership crisis in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community?

    Leadership crisis in Melbourne’s South Sudanese community?

    The leadership of the South Sudanese Community in Victoria appears to be in crisis. A group of disgruntled members of the South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria (SSAV) Inc, has convened a meeting and voted on a resolution to oust the current chairperson of the association Mr Ring Mayar, along with two other members of the executive team, including the deputy chairperson Mr Awan Kuol and the secretary general Deng Majak.   The disgruntled group has nominated a new executive team […]

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  • Dissecting the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    Dissecting the Victorian African Community Action Plan

    The recently launched Victorian African Community Action Plan is an unprecedented government-backed plan designed to help strengthen African communities in Victoria.   In this video series, we look at what the plan entails, what has happened since it was launched in  21 April 2018 and what can be expected from it moving forward Watch the video for all the details 

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  • Burundian community celebrates their independence day in Melbourne

    Burundian community celebrates their independence day in Melbourne

    By Belthrand Habiakare  The ability to celebrate our uniqueness without infringing on the otherness is what freedom entails. The testimony of the 30th June 2018 Joining the rest of the world, where Burundians have resettled including Norway and France, to name, but a few, the Burundian diaspora in Victoria reiterated allegiance to their ancestral heritage once again. Our ancestors held that he, who does not know where he came from, cannot pretend to know where he is going. Therefore, by […]

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  • Africans need to produce more knowledge

    Africans need to produce more knowledge

    In this  information  age, ignorance is a choice. Digital technologies are so powerful that we now literally walk around with a digital university in the palm of our hands. Mobile phones and laptops can give access to top knowledge through online videos, audio-books, conferences papers etc… All you need to do is to want to learn and sign up for a large data plan and you can access the latest knowledge produced by top scholars and specialists from any where.  […]

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  • African Australian Entrepreneurship Summit 2018

    African Australian Entrepreneurship Summit 2018

    African Professionals of Australia (APA) is currently planning for its inaugural African-Australian Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo in late 2018. The summit will provide an opportunity for current and would be African entrepreneurs in Melbourne, Victoria and beyond to come together and share knowledge and experiences in various aspects of business development, especially for start-ups.   African entrepreneurs meeting at business conference in Melbourne   APA is currently planning for its inaugural African-Australian Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo in late 2018. The summit will provide an opportunity […]

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