Refugee Health Services (Qld)

Refugee health specific services, in partnership with General Practitioners and other primary care health professionals in the community, provide health assessments to people from refugee backgrounds that have recently arrived in Australia (within 12 months).

For an overview of refugee health in Queensland download Refugee Health Snapshot in Qld (2018) and Refugee Health Snapshot in Qld (2017).

Read more: Why focus on Refugee Health? and Identifying patients from refugee backgrounds.

Brisbane South and Brisbane North

Refugee Health Connect (RHC) is a single point of call for assistance with identifying appropriate primary health providers for refugee health needs including assessments and ongoing care for people from a refugee background. RHC is a partnership between Mater Refugee Health ServiceBrisbane South PHN and Brisbane North PHN

Refugee Health Connect: (07) 3864 7580 or E: refugeehealth@bsphn.org.au.

Logan, Ipswich & Gold Coast

Metro South Refugee Health Service located at Logan Central Community Health Centre provides care for people from refugee backgrounds settled in the Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast areas. The service also provides assistance to hospital staff for transitioning people from refugee backgrounds from hospital to home. The service also works closely with the Brisbane South PHN, Darling Downs PHN and Gold Coast PHN to support general practices to deliver primary care to refugee populations.

Metro South Refugee Health Service: (07) 3290 8900

Darling Downs and West Moreton (including Toowoomba)

Darling Downs West Moreton PHN work in partnership with primary health care providers and the refugee health service located at Kobi House, Toowoomba Hospital Ph: (07) 4616 6446.

MDA Refugee Health Nurse also builds capacity in General Practice. Ph: (07) 4632 1466

View a 6 minute video here  of Anne-Marie Donovan, Darling Downs West Moreton PHN Program Coordinator, Health Outcomes sharing her experiences about working with primary care and refugee health in the region.

Cairns

Refugee settlement is coordinated by Centacare in the Cairns region. Community Child Health provides refugee health nursing assessments and referral to general practices for completion of medical assessments and ongoing care.
Community Child Health: (07) 4226 4333

Townsville

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited (NAPHL) are contracted to provide the Refugee Health Coordination Services in Townsville.  This services works with the Settlement Agency (Townsville Multicultural Support Group Inc) to link newly arrived refugees to primary care practices.  PHN Northern Queensland offers some support in training any new doctors. NAPHL: (07) 4722 8763

Asylum Seekers

In Queensland some asylum seekers living in the community are supported by the Status Resolution Support Services.  These services can assist clients to access health care and are delivered by:

Qld Health provides access to Medicare-ineligible asylum seekers to public health services at no charge. More info about asylum seekers here.

The 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

NOTE: GPs at MRCCC are unable to expedite referrals more quickly than referring GP.

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