The Victorian Refugee Health Network was established in June 2007 to facilitate greater coordination and collaboration amongst health and community services to provide more accessible and appropriate health services for people of refugee backgrounds.
The Network aims to:
- build the capacity of the Victorian health sector to respond to health concerns experienced by people of refugee backgrounds and address health inequality through health promotion
- support services to be more accessible to people from refugee backgrounds particularly in regional and outer metropolitan areas
- improve service coordination for recent arrivals and those with more complex needs
This year, about 6000 new refugees and humanitarian entrants will come to Victoria from many parts of the world. Their health and well-being is often affected by their experiences of trauma and hardship as refugees, along with the many adjustments of resettlement. The Network provides a forum for health services and practitioners to work collaboratively to address these needs.
The Network brings together a wide range of representatives from the health, settlement and community sectors who actively participate in the projects and initiatives of the Network. This work builds on the many activities and programs around the state, past and current, to support refugee health and wellbeing.
This website provides information on refugee health, relevant services, resources, protocols and training opportunities.
The Victorian Refugee Health Network focuses on a number of key project areas, including: asylum seeker health, maternal and child health, maternity, sexual and reproductive health, language services and interpreters, oral health, primary care and access to specialist services, and resource development. Visit the Work of the Network page for details.
In 2018 Victorian Refugee Health Network restructured to be better able to monitor and respond to issues arising, increase transparency of processes and provide greater opportunities for participation in Network activities. Central to the new structure are three large half day Network meetings per year. An executive oversee the functioning of the network, and draw on input from Network participants to refine, endorse and monitor the Network’s strategic plan and work plan. Download more information about the Victorian Refugee Health Network restructure.
Indigenous Acknowledgement Statement
The Victorian Refugee Health Network is auspiced by the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (Foundation House) and reiterates the Foundation House Indigenous Acknowledgement Statement: “The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture’s primary offices at Brunswick, Dandenong and Sunshine, and our outpost location in Ringwood, are on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people. In keeping with Foundation House’s aspirations to heal individuals and communities we recognise the loss of land, children, language, lore and spiritual and physical wellbeing of the Wurundjeri peoples and other Indigenous Victorians due to the impact of colonisation. We believe that acknowledging the past and its impact on the present is vital in building strong Victorian communities. We recognise the survival and enduring strengths of Victorian Indigenous culture in spite of such dispossession and aim to build respectful and informed relationships with the Victorian Indigenous community based on the acknowledgment of their unique position as the traditional owners of Victoria. As such, Foundation House is committed to the acknowledgment and participation of Indigenous Victorians within Foundation House events and this is reflected in our official protocols.” More about Foundation House.