The new Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) and Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA) Recommendations for comprehensive post-arrival health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds have been launched. Below is the link to the free PDF, and hard copies are also available for $35 for purchase from the ASID website.
These recommendations were written by GPs, adult and paediatric specialists, with a refugee health nurse subcommittee overseeing every chapter. They are different to the 2009 ASID Guidelines and have been written with consideration of person-centred care and a tailored approach to offering screening. There are new chapters on non-infectious diseases including anaemia and non-communicable diseases, as well as new tables on catch-up immunisations. There are also country-specific tables to help with deciding whether people who have arrived as refugees or asylum seekers should have specific tests such as schistosomiasis and malaria.
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