“VicHealth, the Refugee Health Research Centre, the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture and the McCaughey Centre worked together to identify and synthesise national and international research on the impacts of (rural and regional humanitarian settlement). This work indicates that (rural and regional humanitarian settlement) has the potential to reap social, economic and health benefits for both refugee and regional communities. However, it also suggests that if these benefits are to be realised there is a need for careful ‘whole-of-government’ planning which is integrated with policies to support economically and socially sustainable regional communities.
Victoria has a strong record of successful settlement of migrants and refugees. However, dispersed patterns of settlement not only to regional and rural areas – the subject of this report – but also to Melbourne’s outer suburbs, present new challenges that will need to be met to ensure sound health and settlement outcomes.” From report forward.