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
Who provides support for those seeking asylum in Queensland?
- ASYLUM SEEKER MENTAL HEALTH CONNECT – A joint response by QPASTT and WWG to the complex mental health needs of people seeking asylum.
- Use the Mental Health Referral Pathways for People Seeking Asylum who are living in the Queensland Community (March 2021) to navigate services.
- 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 and more information here – ASYLUM SEEKER AND REFUGEE ASSISTANCE (ASRA) PROGRAM
- Status Resolution Support Services are delivered by Multicultural Australia and ACCESS Community Services Inc.
- 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.
- Family and Domestic Violence Financial Assistance Program – Australian Red Cross
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre – Advocates From Refugee Backgrounds (some in Brisbane)
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)
What kind of identification do asylum seekers have?
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
- Supporting economic growth in uncertain times: Permanent pathways for Temporary Protection visa and Safe Haven
Enterprise visa holders – Policy options paper, September 2021, John van Kooy
- 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)
- 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