The Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy and Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley yesterday announced $11 million in funding for health and mental health services to support the resettlement of people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum in Victoria.
Victoria expects to settle up to 4,000 additional people escaping conflicts in Syria and Iraq refugees, in addition to the ongoing refugee intake of at least 4,000 people per year.
The $11 million package includes:
- Three refugee health nurses providing community health outreach in settlement services in Dallas and Sunshine
- A paediatric specialist Refugee Health Fellow to hold regular outreach clinics in Melbourne’s north
- A new catch-up immunisation program for children, adolescents and adults from refugee backgrounds
- Extra language services and a new grants program for hospitals to improve access to interpreting services
- A package of new programs to support child, youth and family refugee mental health
- Targeted child and family services support for unaccompanied refugee minors.
A new CareerSeekers internship program for refugees and asylum seekers will also see four interns undertake paid three-month internships at the Department of Health and Human Services.