In late 2015, the Victorian Refugee Health Network established an interdisciplinary, cross-sector Working Group to improve access to catch-up immunisations for people from refugee backgrounds including people seeking asylum in Victoria.
The Working Group aims to progress some of the recommendations from the 2014 report A needs analysis of catch-up immunisation in refugee-background and asylum seeker communities in Victoria.
The Working Group is chaired by Dr Georgie Paxton, Head of Immigrant Health and Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital. See the Immunisation Working Group Membership and Terms of Reference.
The Working Group has developed the following resources:
- No Jab, No Pay – implications for service providers and refugee background communities (March 2016)
- ACIR – Issues Arising (June 2016)
- Immunisation: Information for case workers and health service staff (April 2016)
- Catch-up immunisation for refugees and asylum seekers: Information for immunisation providers (May 2016)
The Working Group contributed to the development of a multilingual brochure for clients on catch-up immunisation (available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chin, Dari, Farsi, Karen and Tamil):
The Working Group prepared a summary update detailing progress on the recommendations from the 2014 needs analysis, including recommendations either partially or fully achieved, and those that are still outstanding:
Updates from the Working Group will be shared in the Network e-Bulletin and on this page.
For further information about the project, please contact Lauren Tyrrell, Sector Development and Policy Advisor on (03) 9389 8996 or