Who is an asylum seeker?
An asylum-seeker is someone whose request for sanctuary has yet to be processed. Every year, around one million people seek asylum. For more information about asylum seekers globally see UNHCR
Refugee and Asylum seeker facts – The Australian Red Cross
How can Medicare ineligible asylum seekers access public healthcare in Queensland?
In 2017 that the Queensland Government approved providing vulnerable Medicare-ineligible asylum seekers with access to public health services at no charge.
- Refugee Health Network Queensland Information Sheet for Health Service Providers – Access to health services for Asylum seekers in Immigration detention facilities in Brisbane (January 2021).
- Fact Sheet regarding public healthcare access for people seeking asylum without Medicare
- Translated Asylum Seeker Factsheets for people seeking asylum who do not have a Medicare Card
- More information about the responsibilities of Hospital and Health Services (HHSs) in the provision of healthcare to refugees, asylum seekers and detainees, including information on Medicare eligibility and revenue.
- Health Services Directive: Fees and Charges for Health care Services (QH-HSD-045:2016)
Who supports asylum seekers living in the community in Queensland?
Communify Queensland lead a collaboration of 7 agencies to support people seeking asylum from the legacy caseload in Queensland. Download the summary of what services are offered here.
Read more here – ASYLUM SEEKER AND REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Services in Queensland
- Status Resolution Support Services are delivered by Multicultural Australia and ACCESS Community Services Inc.
- Asylum Circle (coordinated by Communify Qld) is a collaborative project in Queensland that contributes to the support of people seeking asylum. They coordinate the Emergency Relief Program. Download the Referral form and Information sheet here
- The Romero Centre – Individualised case management service
- Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic (MRCCC) provides specialised primary health care to people from refugee backgrounds with complex health needs and a health service to asylum seekers without Medicare. Ph: (07) 3163 2880
- World Wellness Health & Medical Clinic – Primary health services for people seeking asylum with or without Medicare eligibility. Ph: (07) 33332100
- QPASTT provide counselling to asylum seekers who are currently living in the community, while their claims for protection are assessed.
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Advocates From Refugee Backgrounds (some in Brisbane)
What kind of identification do asylum seekers have?
Asylum seeker Identification (2018)
What are the health and screening needs of asylum seekers in Australia?
See the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Immigrant Health Service for a detailed description.
REPORTS about Asylum Seekers
- Lives on hold: Refugees and asylum seekers in the ‘Legacy caseload’ (2019) – Australian Human Rights Commission
- Indefinite Despair: Mental Health Consequences on Nauru – Medecins Sans Frontieres (Dec, 2018)
- An unnecessary penalty: Economic impacts of changes to the Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) – FULL REPORT (Sept, 2018)
- EMPTY HANDS: How the Australian Government is forcing people seeking asylum to destitution – Refugee Council of Australia report (June 2018)
- Briefing note SRSS changes 2018 – Refugee council of Australia
- States of Refuge: Access to Health, Housing and Education for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees in Australia – Rights Advocacy Project
More Information about asylum seekers