12TH DECEMBER 2011 Dr. Zarrin S Siddiqui, 46 Kanangra Crs. Greenwood, WA 6024, Australia Ph: 0434841705, Email: pakistanis.in.australia@gmail.com



ECCWA BOWLING OLYMPIAD As part of the Fitness on Run Project a bowling evening was arranged on Sunday, the 11th December 2011 attended by participants from different community organisations. The photos of the event have been uploaded on our facebook page and can be accessed through the following link.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.27689383 85468.226415.1318205703&type=1&l=704430e295

Ahmed Manera (Tony) is the ECCWA Champion for the 2011 with Akash, Zaib and Himayal taking first prizes in the three categories. The next event in the series will be quiz night and Men’s cooking competition.

Post a message to the families of our soldiers.
All the messages received will be forwarded to the families of soldiers on Tuesday. If you want to send a message to the families who have lost their loved ones in the line of duty or to those who have been injured please send them today through email.

Nominate Edhi for Noble Prize
The Nobel Peace prize is an annual prize awarded to individuals who have made formidable contributions to the pursuit of peace and have, through their work, changed the world for the better. As the founder of Pakistan's largest welfare organization, the Edhi Foundation and trust, Mr Abdul Sattar Edhi embodies the spirit of this prize, and is a deserving candidate for this honour. He has single-handedly served countless Pakistani's and has left a lasting impact on his fellow countrymen and the world. Please sign the petition using the link below to show your support for the nomination of Mr.Edhi for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. http://www.nobelprizeforedhi.com/the-petition.php?err=ok

How to get a security license in Western Australia
by Jawaad Farooque As a pre requisite for this license you need police N.O.C from your local S. S.P office in Pakistan but keep in mind it shouldn't be more than 3 months old from the date when you are applying for security license You will be required to sit in one week training which cost $500-$600, after a week you will get Cert II in security operations, Cert II in crowd controlling and a first aid certificate, remember DONOT FORGET TO TAKE FIRST AID CLASS otherwise you won't be able to apply for security license whenever you are ready you will be visiting Police office: 297 Hay Street Perth along with your training certificates, Pakistani Police N.O.C, 3 passport size latest photographs with white background only and other identifications, these days application fee for security license is above $400 for 3 year license. After filling out your application form at their office it will take 4 weeks to get your security license and then you can start applying for jobs.

Australia Pakistan Medical Association
Dr. Ghazala Khan, Deputy Secretary of APMA has forwarded us a report of the inaugural meeting held in Sydney. Following office bearers have been selected. This organization will hopefully provide a forum to Pakistani health professionals to work collaboratively.
President Vice Presidents General Secretary Deputy Secretary Finance Secretary Dy. Finance Secretary Dr Sayeed A Khan Dr Imran Kassam and Dr Mohammad Bilal Dr Shams Ul Arifin Ghazala Khan Dr Naveed Shaukat Naureen Naveed

Communications Secretary Dr Faizia Ahmed Dy. Communications Secy Samreen Kassam Dr Rizwan Qureshi and Dr

Social and Events Secretary Dr Sara Chaudry Deputy Social and Events Secretary Madiha Khan

Just a short note congratulating you on a fantastic news letter, I pray that your reader base grows so that you can continue keeping Pakistani Australians informed in positive and productive manner. Adam Sadiqzai President Pakistan Australia Council


Christmas P-Arty at the Oats factory December 4th - December 24th
A group exhibition of selected artists featuring works by Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Shelley Brookland, Zoe Chong-Seng, Cynthia Ellis, Peter Ellis, Richard Foulds, Beba Hall, Maria Hildrick, Naomi Hunter, Matthew Jackson, David Ledger, Jeffrey Turner and Rizzy.

Complaint to Australian Human Rights Commission challenges discriminatory law
A complaint is being lodged by the Disability Discrimination Legal Service Inc to the Australian Human Rights Commission challenging systemic discriminatory practices of the Australian social security system and alleging breach of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of People with Disabilities. ‘The National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) has been highlighting for more than a decade that the current exemption of the DDA from the Social Security Act 1991 is unjust and increases pressures on individuals with disability that in turn can lead to worsening of their physical and mental health’ states Sibylle Kaczorek. ‘In 2008, prior to Australia signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) NEDA obtained pro-bono legal advice suggesting that the current legislation and the exemption of the DDA may be in breach of the CRPD’ notes Ms Kaczorek. ‘NEDA was fortunate in 2010 to secure funding through the Attorney General’s Department to conduct human rights workshops across Australia. During these workshops NEDA met many people from non English speaking background with disability who shared their stories and experiences as they relate to human rights.’ ‘One story that was particularly compelling was of the person who is now being supported by DDLS in her complaint to the Human Rights Commission. What became clear to NEDA was the fact that this woman was not receiving adequate health care as a consequence of the 10 year waiting period before being eligible to access the Disability Support Pension (DSP).’ ‘The DDLS argues that the 10 year waiting period which is justified by the exemption of the DDA from the Social Security Act in fact breaches Article 25 of the CRPD, which guarantees the right to access the highest attainable standard of health’ states Ms Kaczorek. Further, it is argued that the above exemption ‘breaches article 28 Adequate Standard of Living and Social Protection especially as it relates to point a, that people with disabilities can get necessary services, equipment and help for disability related needs.’ Juan de la Torre adds, ‘as the national peak organization for people from NESB with disability, it is NEDA’s role to highlight problems of national policy and legislation and we are guided by human rights especially as they relate to the Convention. However, what really drives us are the personal stories of real people who clearly suffer when their rights are not met.’ ‘NEDA looks forward to the outcome of the complaint to the Human Rights Commission which will inform our future actions on this matter. Clearly, a complaint to the United Nations Committee of Experts on the CRPD is a logical next step if the complaint cannot be resolved’ states Mr de la Torre.
Juan de la Torre is the President, Sibylle Kaczorek is the Executive Officer of NEDA. The National Ethnic Disability Alliance is the national peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people from non-English speaking background (NESB) with disability, their families and carers throughout Australia.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Senior Population Health Program Officer
We are seeking a motivated and suitably experienced individual for an acting opportunity as the Senior Population Health Program Officer (HSU G7) with WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Area Office. This expression of interest is for a period of 6 months, with possibility of extension, commencing February 2012. Working closely with the Area Director Population Health the successful applicant will provide leadership, management and coordination for a number population health initiatives and projects across WACHS. The position works with a number of key stakeholders both internal and external to the health service across a range of areas including health promotion, community health, public health and allied health. The position provides the successful applicant with the great opportunity to work with and experience a range of services and delivery models. Enquires are encouraged and should be directed to Kate Gatti, Area Director Population Health on 9323 6602

Project officer at ASsTTS

This is a fortnightly newsletter to keep community informed of what’s happening in Australia with a special focus on Western Australia at this time. Feel free to contribute any news that may be of interest to community or to disseminate it among your networks. The earlier issue can be accessed through http://www.scribd.com/doc/69148508/PIA-Vol1-2011 4