About the Network

Refugee Health Network Staff

Our vision is that all refugees settling in Queensland have access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place to ensure they have the best possible health and well being.

The Refugee Health Network Queensland (‘The Network’) aims to be a mechanism to build capacity, partnerships, and facilitate coordination of care across health, settlement agencies, communities, government and non-government sectors. The long-term aim is to improve the health and well being of people of refugee backgrounds throughout Queensland.

The Network was established in 2016 to facilitate greater coordination and collaboration amongst health and community services to provide more accessible and appropriate health services for people of refugee backgrounds. The Network is funded by Queensland Health and supported by Mater Health.

 

The Network is a “network of networks” and includes regional networks and topic specific working groups, as well as other key policy stakeholders such as representatives of the government and the community. It will provide a strategic platform to feed advice to government about key issues experienced at the community and service level, and advocate for and develop options for solutions for identified problems.

Our work

  1. Support the delivery of key activities identified in the Qld Refugee Health and Well being Policy and Action Plan (2017-2020)
  2. Create a central point of reference for refugee health matters to facilitate information sharing and partnerships across Queensland
  3. Provide strategic advice to State Government departments including the development of formal submissions to Government, aid policy development to affect change on a systemic level
  4. Support regional networks to actively engage with The Network
  5. Support new and established working and advisory groups
  6. Establish and maintain the website and contact list
  7. Ensure communications are maintained with all Network members
  8. Develop and disseminate resources as relevant and as requested
  9. Represent Queensland on Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA)
  10. Support and develop research relevant to refugee health across Queensland.

Our Policies

RHNQ utilises the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework for Queensland (2016) which was launched by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Hon Cameron Dick as the building blocks and directions for the network and its activities.

RHNQ will measure its performance against the actions outlined in the Queensland Refugee Health and Wellbeing Policy and Action Plan (2017-2020) which was formally launched by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Hon Cameron Dick as part of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Showcase on the 7 April 2017.

OUR TEAM

Vicky Jacobson

Refugee Health Network Queensland
Coordinator

Ph: (07) 3163 2958

E: Vicky.Jacobson@mater.org.au

Ally Wakefield

Capacity Building and Resource Coordinator
Refugee Health

Ph: (07) 3163 6355

E: Ally.Wakefield@mater.org.au

Robyn Coates

Refugee Health Network Queensland
Coordination Support Officer

Ph. (07) 3163 2879
E: Robyn.Coates@mater.org.au

Building capacity and partnerships to improve health and wellbeing