Health Assessment


A Refugee Health Assessment can be provided within 12 months of arrival.  
As with all health assessments, consent is required before a health assessment is performed. The item numbers are the same as for all health assessments (703-707).




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
  • Deferrals
  • Health Alerts
  • HAPLite
  • Tip sheets for HAPlite
  • Complex medical issues – specialised case management

Available here.

Translated Resources for patients

The Refugee Health Assessment


Translated Resources for Patients

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


Health Assessment of Syrians

Refugee Health Assessment Template

Refugee Health Assessment Template (2018)

  • PDF version available
  • RTF versions to suit Medical Director and Best Practice – coming soon.

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

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.