Innovative Projects

Refugee Health Connect

One point of call regarding Refugee Health in Brisbane South and North Ph: (07) 3864 7580

Refugee Health Connect works closely with settlement support services, general practice and hospital-based support services to increase health access for refugees and assisting them to navigate the health system.

Refugee Health Connect is funded by Brisbane South PHN and Brisbane North PHN. More Information here.

Download Refugee Health Connect – Partnerships Matter Poster

 

Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a preventative health education project delivered by medical and allied health students working with newly arrived refugees in order to increase their health literacy.

Healthy Start is currently only running in Queensland, with joint efforts from a committee of students in HOPE4HEALTH (Griffith University), MAD – Making a Difference (BOND University) and TIME – Towards International Medical Equality (University of Queensland).

Teaching modules include General Health, Nutrition, seeing a GPs, accessing a hospital, Men’s Health and Women’s Health. These modules have been developed with the assistance of experts in the field.

For more information see the Healthy Start website or to contact the Healthy Start student coordinators email: healthystart@hope4health.org.au

Download the Healthy Start Evaluation Report 2016 conducted by the Mater Centre for Integrated Care & Innovation.

See photos of the workshop with the Iraqi and Syrian community here.

Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group

The Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group compromises of 11 Health Development Consultants who are all regarded as leaders in their respective communities from South Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar.

The group is a mechanism through which health services can have access to the voice of refugee communities. The group also facilitates training and education of staff, participate in research projects and contribute to developing health literacy resources.

For more information:
Senior Program Manager , Email: Paula.Peterson@mater.org.au or phone 07 3163 3718.

Download the Greater Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group Evaluation Report (2015)

Interpreting for Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Program

BSPHN LogoBrisbane South PHN (BSPHN) has established the Interpreting for AHP Program to support access to private allied health services by non-English speaking clients and ensure free interpreting services are available to AHPs working in private practice to communicate with non-English speaking clients.

The Program enables registered AHPs to receive FREE access to Immediate phone interpreting, Pre-booked phone interpreting and On-site interpreting.

Download the AHP Interpreting Flyer or contact Nicole or Andrea on 3864 7580 or refugeehealth@bsphn.org.au

Due to the high number of Allied Health Practitioners now registered for the ‘Interpreting for Allied Health Professionals Program,’ Brisbane South PHN are not currently registering any new Allied Health Professionals.   If an Allied Health Professional would like to be considered for the program in future, they should send a completed EOI to refugeehealth@bsphn.org.au or fax to 07 3864 7599. EOIs will be kept on file and reviewed quarterly with consideration to local need and program capacity. Brisbane South PHN will communicate the outcome of the EOI via email.

Regional Community Support Programs

Ballina Region for Refugees Homestay Program

The Ballina Region for Refugees Homestay Program offers respite for asylum-seekers and refugees through short-term stays with host families in the Ballina region in far northern NSW.

The Homestay Program helps asylum-seekers and refugees get to know everyday Australians and for hosts to increase awareness of the lives of asylum-seekers and refugees. Priority is given to people in community detention or on bridging visas in need as determined by the referring party in conjunction with the Homestay Committee.

Ballina Region for Refugees Inc is totally operated by volunteers. Email ballinarr@gmail.com for further information.

Buddies is a Sunshine Coast group advocates for just and compassionate treatment of refugees, consistent with the human rights standards which Australia has developed and endorsed.

Buddies support policies towards refugees and asylum seekers that reflect respect, decency and traditional Australian generosity to those in need, while advancing Australia’s international standing and national interests. They are an independent community group and meet on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11am, 24 King Street Buderim. More information click here.

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