This summary highlights humanitarian arrivals in Queensland, and the progress in the activities outlined in the Refugee Health and Wellbeing policy and action plan for Queensland 2017 to 2020 for the time period April 2017 to March 2018. Read the Snapshot of the Annual Progress Report 2018

A full report has been prepared by the Refugee Health Network Queensland team with input from the partner organisations who are leading the activities outlined in the plan and can be accessed online HERE.

Best Poster Award at International Hospital Congress Oct, 2018

Congratulations to the teams at Metro South Refugee Health, Mater Integrated Refugee Health Service, Brisbane South PHN in partnership with ACCESS Community Services who received the best poster award for their poster ‘Responding to the Syrian & Iraqi Crisis – A Local Refugee Health Partnership to Build an Integrated Care Response’ at the 42nd World Hospital Congress 2018.

View the poster here.

Refugee Health Showcase 2018

Held on the 27th March at Hotel Jen, Brisbane, the Showcase was opened with a beautiful song and talk by Songwoman Maroochy. This was then followed by speakers including Donata Sackey (Chair, Refugee Health Partnership Advisory Group Queensland), Michael Walsh (Director-General, Department of Health), Magdalena Kuyang (QPASTT), Associate Professor Christine Phillips (ANU), Jennie Hughes (SBS) and Sonia Caton (Immigration lawyer, law lecturer and board director). View their presentations and more here.

The full report for the Refugee Health Network Qld will be available in late 2018.

Refugee Health and Wellbeing: Policy and Action Plan launched

Representatives of the Health Advisory Group meet with the Hon. Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services (MP) at the Launch (April 2017).
(L-R) Sara Yousif, Hon. Cameron Dick, Alie Kenneh, Michel Ghazal)

A new action plan to improve access to health services for refugees was launched as part of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Showcase held in April 2017.

Media Release

Refugee Health and Wellbeing: A Policy and Action Plan for Queensland 2017–2020

Refugee Health Snapshot in Queensland – April 2017

Other Presentations delivered on the day:

July, 2017 Asylum seekers given access to public healthcare in Queensland

The Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, The Honourable Cameron Dick announced that the Queensland Government has approved providing vulnerable Medicare-ineligible asylum seekers with access to public health services at no charge. See the full media statement here

April 26 2017

Members of the Health Advisory Group from the Mater presented about the program to Managers at St Vincent’s Hospital. The Greater Brisbane Health Advisory Group is a great partnership between the Mater and St Vincent’s.


28 Feb 2017

SBS World News Radio: Migrant and refugee groups have highlighted issues such as language services, youth engagement and longer-term assistance in submissions to a federal parliamentary inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes.

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