In recent years one in every twelve humanitarian entrants to Australia have resettled in Melbourne’s south east, in the Cities of Greater Dandenong and Casey. The region’s Refugee Health Research Consortium commissioned a study to examine whether the primary healthcare needs of local residents from refugee backgrounds were met by existing primary care services in the region. The Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU) completed this study in May 2011.
Objectives of the study were:
- describe the demographic characteristics of the refugee population,
- describe their health issues,
- describe the capacity of local primary care services to assist refugees,
- describe the utilisation of these services by refugees,
- identify important gaps in evidence, and
- recommend priorities for local research and primary care service development.
For a copy of the report visit SAPCRUs website.
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