Supporting refugees through COVID

We are proud to provide Victoria’s newly arrived Afghan refugees with complex care coordination and support.

Our Refugee Health Team is helping to coordinate and triage over 2000 arrivals from Afghanistan on refugee or temporary visas. Many of these newly arrived refugees are experiencing significant mental as well as physical health issues. 

Meeting our nurses is often the first experience people have of the Australian health care system. Our team feels privileged to assist them in their navigation and referral pathways in a culturally sensitive way. 

We are working alongside other Refugee Health Services across the state, including teams from CoHealth, IPC, DPV and Monash, and settlement services AMES, Spectrum and MiCare. Foundation House is also assisting us with support in this challenging and complex space. 

The majority of these refugees are currently residing in temporary accommodation and are looking to settle in the southeast region of Melbourne. 

In addition, our Refugee Health Team, working collaboratively with our COVID-19 Vaccination services and Language Loop Interpreting services, came together recently to provide vaccinations to members of the Burmese community in the Outer East of Melbourne – pictured below. They have been able to vaccinate over 200 so far, with this initiative continuing in November. 

Well done to all involved in this collaborative effort. 

Our Refugee Health program supports people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds living in the Eastern Region of Melbourne.

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