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A Refugee Health Assessment can be provided within 12 months of arrival.  
Consent is required and the item numbers are the same as for all health assessments (703-707).

Recommended Pathology for refugee new arrivals including children (Nov 2021)

The health assessment should include:

  • A detailed history
  • Examination
  • Problem list and
  • Management plan.

A copy of the health assessment should be provided to the patient.

More information:

Offshore health assessment and the HAPlite system

Includes information about:

  • Immigration medical examination
  • Departure health checks
  • Health undertakings
  • Referrals
  • Health Alerts
  • HAPLite
  • Tip sheets for HAPlite
  • Complex medical issues – specialised case management

Available here.

Fact Sheets – Helpful Information for GPs

RACGP – Healthcare for people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum

    Refugee Health Assessment Template

    Refugee Health Assessment Template (2018)

    The templates

    • Assist the documentation of a refugee health assessment
    • Contain prompts to cover the information that needs to be collected
    • Contain tips on how to conduct a Refugee Health Assessment.

    Resources to support Health Assessments

    Translated Resources for Patients 

    About the Refugee Health Assessment (2022)

      Informed Consent
      Metro South Health have developed videos in multiple languages about informed consent so that patients clearly understand the health problem and agree to what the health worker is going to do. View the videos here.
      Glossary of terms – Seeing a Doctor, Specialist or health professional (Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health)

      Translated pictorial fact sheets about ‘Collecting poop

      Videos – Refugee Health Assessment
      Health Practitioners discussing how to conduct a Refugee Health Assessment were recorded at a Refugee Health Education in 2017. Some are available below and more videos of this event are available here.