2022 Eid al-Fitr Message from the Premier

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA thank the Premier Hon Peter Malinauskas and the Minister for Multicultural AffairsHon Zoe Lee Bettison for their warmest Eid al Fitr wishes to our organisation and our community. Their thoughtful wishes are truly appreciated.

We thank them for keeping the communities connected especially during this challenging period through their continuous commitment and contributions.

COVID-19 Prevention with CHSP Seniors

Stay safe and keeping healthy is everyone’s top priority, especially for our seniors. We had officers from SA Health to come in and give us a talk about COVID-19, while clearing any doubts, concerns and misconceptions about the disease and its prevention. Our seniors were also informed on how and where to get tested and what to do in the event of them testing positive.

Dr. Chris Lease, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, on COVID-19 prevention

We hope to be able to assist our seniors to make a more informed decision about receiving the vaccine and maintaining public health. It is especially important so we can prevent the development of serious health conditions in our seniors! 

CHSP participants 

Thank you to Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Chris Lease, and Public Health Physician Human Biosecurity Officer, Dr. Razlyn Abdul Rahim, from SA Health for your time and effort for our seniors!

My Home Hospital with CHSP Seniors

Earlier last month, our seniors attended a talk about accessing hospital-level care treatment from the comfort of their own home. With recent events, it is essential that our seniors are aware of where and how to get the medical help that they need! We hope that the introduction of hospital-in-home service that is available 24/7 so that our seniors can manage their healthcare plan well.
CHSP Seniors listening to the My Hospital Home Talk
 
Kelly Fraser, guest speaker from My Hospital Home with CHSP participants and MWASA staff
 
Thank you to Kelly Fraser and Jennifer Hill from My Home Hospital for your time and introducing our seniors to the multiple services available to them!

CHSP Seniors Take A Walk Along Torrens River

To enjoy the last of the Spring weather, we took our CHSP seniors out for a walk along the River Torrens! It was a gorgeous morning to be out and about while enjoying the warm weather and wonderful scenery.

As usual, our seniors were excited to capture pictures of their walk and the things they spotted! Of course, we ended the trip with a short picnic break with light refreshments and lots of chatter under the blue skies!

Sewing with Afghani SETS Ladies

We held another sewing workshop last month for our SETS ladies! We taught our ladies how to use electric sewing machines as they have only had experience using hand-operated machines before. This time, we made learnt how to make face masks and used the leftover fabric to make pillowcases!

The workshop was conducted by professional dressmaker, Mahboba Behmani, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills!

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

SETS Ladies Practice Conversational English

The 2-day Conversational English workshop held at the Salisbury Hub provided a space for practicing everyday English.

Our ladies gathered and opened up about topics about their day to day lives, sharing their wishes and concerns. The sessions were headed by our English tutor, Peta Abdalla, who led conversations. We hope that we were able to encourage confidence and greater community connection within our attendees.

MWASA is looking forward to holding more workshops that would provide means for more women to connect and thrive!

Oral Health with SETS Ladies

We love to see smiles on your faces!

In collaboration with Adelaide Dental School, MWASA held an informative session for our SETS ladies on oral health. We had dentistry students come in to teach participants about their and their children’s oral health! Our guest students had advised and given tips (as well as goodie bags) to keep their smile perfect.

Thank you to the students from Adelaide Dental School for your efforts in educating our ladies; it was very enjoyable and they learnt a lot!

Foundation Skills Students take a trip to The Cedars

A trip to the Art Gallery inspired our English students to visit the family home of artists Nora and Hans Heyson, The Cedars, in Hahndorf!

Foundation Skills students and tutors outside the Heyson family home.

Heyson family home.

It was a lovely day for a drive through the Adelaide Hills, the excellent weather and warm sunshine made the perfect trip for visiting too! Once there, our students had an amazing time touring the art studio, gardens, and family home. This experience connected us all to this talented family and gave our students the opportunity to practise their English! They had no qualms about asking the tour guide questions and talking about the artwork on display.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Quick lunch break!

We hope to be able to provide more opportunities for more of our students in the future!

Foundation Skills Students Visit the SA Museum

 

Last month, we took our class of Foundation Skills English students to the Art Gallery of South Australia! We had a look at the art on display by Nora Heyson and her father, Hans Heyson, both famous Australia painters. The students were very excited to be able to see the paintings close up as we had been talking about both painters during class.
 
It was a relaxing break from English classes as the students were able to spend some quiet time admiring the artworks!
Students at the entrance of the SA Museum
Student with an Australian painting.
 
The visit has inspired us to visit the painters’ family home in Hahndorf, so we planned for a visit for the next class outing.

 

Parenting Talk with Hassan Noori

MWASA held a Parenting Q&A Session recently hosted by Imam Hassan Noori for our newly arrived Afghani women.
It was a constructive session where the ladies were able to share their parenting challenges in a new environment and integrating into Australian society.
Thank you to Imam Hassan Noori for helping our ladies navigate through their parenting dilemmas!

Cervical Cancer Screening Talk with SA Health

Cervical cancer is among the most common cancer among women. The risk of a woman being diagnosed with this cancer by the age of 85 is 1 in 162.

MWASA held an informative talk on cervical cancer for all women ages 40 and above earlier this month. Our ladies learnt how to recognize early signs of cervical cancer and what measures to take to keep themselves as healthy as possible.

It is important that cervical cancer is detected at early stage, even before it can be felt. The 5-year survival rate for this cancer is 74%. Making the effort to exercise daily and making regular appointments with your GP is a good measure to take to spot the signs of cervical cancer early.

Thank you to Jacqueline from SA Health for coming in for the informative talk; our ladies were definitely very grateful.