SOUTH WESTERN MELBOURNE

Refugee Health

In the past 10 years the demographic of the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay area has changed and added 11,500 refugees to the region.

Many refugees are likely to have multiple and complex health problems; these can be addressed through healthcare and support during the settlement process. Comprehensive healthcare is a critical component in assisting with settlement.

The complex nature of refugee health conditions, including diseases rarely seen in Australia, combined with psychological trauma, cultural and language barriers makes providing healthcare for this group challenging.

SWMML offer a program to general practices and allied health professionals to better understand the specific health needs of this population group.

We can assist by

  •  visiting General Practices and providing support and secondary consultation for refugee and asylum seeker patients  
  •  ensuring patients of refugee background are fully screened for relevant health issues particularly infectious disease, vitamin deficiencies and mental health issues
  •  providing linkages to assist in appropriate referrals
  •  facilitating and improving the use of Medicare items, Refugee Health Assessments (700’s) and chronic disease management plans
  •  providing training sessions to educate and upskill GPs and practice staff in cultural responsiveness and relevant refugee health issues

Please contact Julie Hammett for more information on [email protected]  or call 8731 6529

Useful contact details

Refugee Health Network
Linking health and community services to be more accessible and responsive to the needs of refugee’s and asylum seekers

Foundation House
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture
Phone 9388 0022

Provides direct services to clients in the form of counselling, family support, advocacy, information sessions and complementary therapies. Also provides referral, training and education roles to develop and strengthen the resources of communities and service providers

Translating and Interpreting Service
Phone 1300 131 450

Medical Practioners can register for free interpreting services

ISIS Primary Care Refugee Health Nurses
provides a range of community based services

Hobsons Bay
330 Queen Street
Altona Meadows
Phone 8368 3000

Wyndham
117 -129 Warringa Crescent
Hoppers Crossing
Phone 8734 1400

Western Region Health Centre 
provides a range of services to communities in Western Metro Region of Melbourne
Phone 8398 4100