Australian refugee health networks Follow this link for website details of the refugee health network in your state or territory. Refugee health networks can provide you with resources, current information about refugee communities in your area and referral information.
Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH) CEH provides information and resources related to the health needs of clients and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia. Fact sheets, training modules and other information are available to download.
Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) Provides information on the experiences and challenges faced by young migrants, and by young people of refugee background in Australia.
Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne) Immigrant Health Service The Immigrant Health Service holds a comprehensive clearinghouse of refugee health related research and journals produced in Australia. You can search the resaerch database by topic or both author surname. The Immigrant Health Service website also includes the most comprehensive and up-to-date peadiatirc health information on health topics of concern to asylum seeker, refugee and immigrant children in Australia.
Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) Provides information and links to organisations working with survivors of torture and trauma. Links to resources, research and publications available on their websites.
New South Wales Refugee Health Service Resources include community profiles, fact sheets, case studies, guides and multi-lingual resources.
Queensland Health A gateway to multicultural community profiles, services, support tools, training events. Includes country and health profiles for multicultural communities in Queensland
Refugee Health Queensland (RHQ) Provides documents and resources on refugee health in Queensland.
The Refugee Council of Australia The peak body representing many Australian agencies working with refugees. It provides information and advocacy for Refugee and Humanitarian entrants in Australia. Information on the Humanitarian program and links to resources, position papers, and advocacy help kit.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Resource Centre Provides resources for GP’s including a large listing of journal articles (and links) from the John Murtagh Library, services and support agencies and a Tip Sheet for Treating Refugees and Asylum Seekers.
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) Provides a bilingual dictionary for identifying bilingual doctors and services providers by name or language, translated mental health screening instruments, community profiles and other background materials.
Refugee Health Coordination – HealthWest Primary Care Partnership in western Melbourne.
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) This extensive site provides resources on cultural competency, general and mental health, family strengthening, and refugee community profiles to strengthen services to refugee children and their families.
Centres for Disease Control (USA) Provides information and identification of parasitic diseases.
The Cross Cultural Health Care Program (USA) Provides information on the health beliefs, family life and maternal and child health practices of communities including Arab, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Oromo and Somali.
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims Provides country reports and other resources including guides to the legal, medical and physical examination of torture and to psychological evidence of torture.
Minnesota Department of Health: Refugee Health This page provides information on clinical topics and links to consumer health information.
Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, International Society for Infectious Diseases A global electronic reporting system for outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases and toxins. Provides up-to-date and reliable news and promotes communication among the international infectious diseases community. Email subscription available.
Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children Provides information and reports on the situation of women and children refugees around the world. Includes guidelines on protection, obstetric care, AIDS and STIs in emergency.
Refugee community profiles in Australia
Community Profiles provide information on key groups of entrants under Australia’s Humanitarian Program. The Community Profiles have been developed to assist service providers to understand the backgrounds, experiences and likely settlement needs of new arrivals within these groups.The detailed profiles include Burmese, Congolese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Liberian and Uzbek communities. Further profiles of refugee origin communities are being developed.
Settlement Reporting Facility Allows the general public to design custom reports on new arrivals to Australia, by visa code, gender, area of settlement, age and visa grant date.
Translated health information
Beyondblue Emotional Health During Pregnancy and Early Parenthood Booklet available in selection of languages including Arabic, Bosnian, Farsi/Persian, Tamil and Vietnamese.
ECHO Minnesota (US) The ECHO channel has developed short health information videos in many languages. They are available to view by topic and language can be toggled using the language bar on the right hand side of the screen.
Eastern Health (Victoria) Cue Cards Cue Cards is a resource developed by Eastern Health Transcultural Service to assist health professionals to communicate with clients and carers who primary have English language difficulties. The printable cue cards cover instructions, family members, medical topics, time of day and religion.
Health information in other languages – Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (UK) A searchable database of health information in fifity lanauges that allows you to serach via key word (e.g. diabetes) and language.
Health Translations Directory Victorian Government Health Information website, providing links to translated health resources from government departments, peak health bodies, hospitals, community health centres and welfare
Health Information Translations (USA) Health Information Translations provides education resources in multiple languages for health care professionals and others to use in their communities. Resources are easy to read and culturally appropriate.
Immunisation in your language The Victorian Department of Health has compiled a number of factsheets on immunisation and communicable diseases available in Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Dinka, Hakha Chin, Sinhalese, Somali, Thai and a number of other relevant community languages.
Immunization Action Coalition (USA) provides translated Vaccine Information Statements and print materials in various languages.
Medline Plus (USA) Search by language for information all sorts of health topics.
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health This website provides information for immigrant and refugee women to help them make informed choices about sexual and reproductive health in 40 languages.
Mental Health in Multicultural Australia Site includes links to translated mental health information sheets.
NPS MedicineWise has produced translated health information on how to use medicines safely, including prescription, over-the-counter, traditional and herbal medicines.
NSW Refugee Health Service This service provides translated information for refugees to assist them in accessing health care services. Click on Resources section and go to Multilingual.
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service Provides multilingual health resources, guidelines, protocols and policies. Over 450 publications on health in a wide range of languages, regularly updated. Access to resources by topic/language.
Dental Health Services Victoria translated oral health resources Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has put together an online library of oral health information in Arabic, Chinese, English, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese that can downloaded online and used for health promotion purposes.
PapScreen Victoria Information on pap tests, HPV and cervical cancer available in a number of community languages. Multilingual posters to put up in your practice are also available via this link.
Queensland Health provides translated health information for the public and for health workers.
Refugee Health Service, Auckland Provides multilingual information sheets about basic health issues for newly arrived refugees.
Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL) Information on a wide range of health issues in Asian languages including Khmer, Vietnamese, Hmong, Thai and Chinese.
Stanford Health Library (US) Links to health multilingual health resources from around the world including fact sheets, multilingual websites and posters.
Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) Includes the Directory of Translated Mental Health Information and training resources including the new DVD and Guidelines for working effectively with interpreters in a mental health setting.
United Nations sources
UNICEF State of the World’s Children Reports The State of the World’s Children is an annual report on the health and wellbeing of children and adolescence worldwide. The 2011 report is called ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity’.
UN Joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) UNAIDS provides data, information and reports on HIV/AIDS in countries and regions of the world.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) The Home Page of UNHCR includes a drop down menu of country of origin information, including statistics, country situation overviews, select reports and documents relating to refugee law and the health of refugees around the world.
UNHCR Refworld Refworld is UNHCR’s document repository. Items include facts, statistics, research, regional and country reports, educational resources and legal documents.
World Health Organization (WHO) This site provides access to the World Health Organization website. The WHO is the United Nations specialist agency for health.
WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) The Atlas of Health Statistics of the African Region report provides an overview of major health issues, prevalence data and health systems in Africa.
WHO Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition information system The WHO Vitamin and Mineral Information Management System (VMNIS) (formerly the Micronutrient Deficiency Information System (MDIS)) includes 3 databases dealing with iodine deficiency disorders, vitamin A deficiency and anaemia in various countries and regions.
Amnesty International Access research and up-to-date news about countries of origin and transit, as well as case studies and personal testimonies from people of refugee background via this link.
The Australian Government – Refugee Review Tribunal Country Advice Refugee Review Tribunal country profiles include information on the geography and government of countries of origin of many refugee communities in Australia. Profiles often include information on ethnic and linguistic minorities, and timelines of events in regional and remote areas.
BBC Country Profiles (UK) This BBC resource allows users to select countries and regions within them to find profiles including history, timelines as well as political and economic background information.
Eldis Gateway to Development Information: Regional and Country Profiles Eldis searches online media to provide the latest online documents and reports relating to health and other sectors of a particular country.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World Ethnologue is an encyclopaedic reference cataloguing the world’s known living languages. The wb resource provides maps and a comprehensive listing of information about the world’s languages, including lesser known languages.
EthnoMed Includes information on cultural beliefs, medical, health and childrearing issues faced by recent arrivals including people of refugee background. Also information on clinical topics, client education and cross-cultural healthcare. Contains country profiles on many African countries.
European Country of Origin Information (ECOI) Network Provides up-to-date country of origin information with a special focus on the needs of asylum case assessment. Access to information is facilitated by a comprehensive search tool.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre established by the Norwegian Refugee Council provides comprehensive information and analysis on internal displacement in 50 countries.
International Crisis Group Provides regular and reliable updates and reports on countries in conflict situations, including reports on the impacts of conflict on civilians and human rights abuses.