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Murdoch Children’s Research Institute researcher Dr Mohajer Hameed has been recognised for exceptional and lasting contributions to multiculturalism in Victoria.

Dr Hameed was one of 29 people inducted into the inaugural Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll, which aims to reward local champions of diversity and recognise the vital role of those who come from multicultural backgrounds  in keeping our communities safe and connected.

Currently, he is a Stronger Futures Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) scholar and research analyst in the Murdoch Children’s Intergenerational Health Research Group with a focus on  mental health, resilience, and social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal children and families.

Dr Hameed is Australian by citizenship, Iraqi by birth and Iranian by identity.

Dr Mohajer Hameed“My experience of migration and interaction with culturally diverse people has strengthened my cross-cultural awareness and shaped my global vision of equality and social justice for all human beings,” he said.

Since he arrived in Australia in 1998, Dr Hameed has led major cultural ceremonies and community gatherings, and proactively engages with members of all ages in Shepparton’s Iraqi-Shia wider community.

His promotion of diversity and cultural participation has strengthened community connections, preserved cultural traditions, and built wellbeing, faith-based healing and safety.

“I am passionate about asking big metaphysical and philosophical questions, especially about the creation of the universe and human nature,” Dr Hameed said. I love spending time reflecting on these questions and how to create a sense of belonging and connection with nature, family, relatives and friends.”

“Collectively, these attributes and experiences have shaped my resilience to overcome professional and personal challenges and obstacles, and helps me remain committed to making a social impact.”

The Stronger Futures CRE is co-led by Murdoch Children’s and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The CRE aims to improve social and emotional wellbeing, family-functioning and resilience in families and communities disproportionately impacted by intergenerational trauma and family violence.

The Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll is part of the Victorian Multicultural Awards for Excellence and it is sponsored by Commonwealth Bank Australia and Jobs Victoria.