About the Network

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’) is 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 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 provides 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.

The Network is funded by Queensland Health and supported by Mater.

Our Work

  • Support the delivery of key activities identified in the Qld Refugee Health and Well being Policy and Action Plan (2017-2020)
  • Be a central point of reference for refugee health matters to facilitate information sharing and partnerships across Queensland
  • Provide strategic advice to State Government departments including the development of formal submissions to Government to aid policy development to affect systemic change
  • Support regional networks, working and advisory groups
  • Maintain communications, develop and disseminate resources to Network members
  • Represent Queensland on Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA)
  • Support and develop research relevant to refugee health across Queensland.

Our Policies

The Network utilises the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Strategic Framework for Queensland (2016) . The Network measures its performance against the actions outlined in the Queensland Refugee Health and Wellbeing Policy and Action Plan (2017-2020) which was launched by the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Hon Cameron Dick on April 2017.

Our Progress

We have now completed two annual reports on the Refugee Health and Wellbeing: A policy and action plan for Queensland 2017-2020. The 2018-2019 report can be read here and the 2017-2018 report can be read here.

Our Projects

The CALD COVID-19 Engagement Project – More information here.



Vicky Jacobson

Refugee Health Network Queensland

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