The Victorian Refugee Health Network at Foundation House, along with partners in the Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT), has produced a national resource on refugee health: Promoting Refugee Health: A Guide for doctors, nurses and other health care providers caring for people of refugee backgrounds*. The guide is accompanied by a state-specific desktop guide entitled Caring for Refugee Patients in General Practice: A desktop guide*.
These Guides are based on best practice research and expert collaboration. Promoting Refugee Health: A Guide for doctors, nurses and other health care providers caring for people of refugee backgrounds includes the following chapters:
- Why focus on refugee health?
- Cross-cultural communication, and engaging qualified interpreters
- Trauma and torture experiences – psychological and physical sequelae, management and psychological approaches
- Health concerns of adult refugee clients
- Child and adolescent health
- An approach to refugee health assessment
- Consultation and management
- Strategies for supporting new arrivals to access health services
- Health entitlement and settlement support
- Country profiles and refugee health information websites
- Referral and further information (state-by state).
*The Commonwealth Department of Health has funded Foundation House, the Network’s auspicing agency, to update these national resources. The resources will be called the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide: primary care for people from refugee backgrounds and will include:
• Development of a web based resource
• Production of hardcopy ‘comprehensive guide’ and ‘desktop guide’ resources
The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide website will be live by the end of the 2016, and hardcopy resources will be available in early 2017. A national project advisory group has been appointed for the project. The resources will reference and complement the 2016 Consensus Recommendations for comprehensive post-arrival health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds. Further updates about the project will be published in our monthly e-Bulletins.