Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service
This presentation is the property of its rightful owner.
Sponsored Links
1 / 18

Refugee Health Sue Willey & Gayle Comyn Greater Dandenong Community Health Service PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 51 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Refugee Health Sue Willey & Gayle Comyn Greater Dandenong Community Health Service.

Download Presentation

Refugee Health Sue Willey & Gayle Comyn Greater Dandenong Community Health Service

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Refugee HealthSue Willey & Gayle ComynGreater Dandenong Community Health Service


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Definition of a Refugee…owing to well- founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Australia’s ResponseSignatory to the UN 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees Approx. 13,000 refugees per year plus 500 Iraqi refugees this financial year = 13,500 Approx. 5,000 refugees settle in Victoria per annum…. and of those approx. 750 settle in City of Greater Dandenong per annum(has been up to 1,000 refugees to CoGD per annum)


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Refugee settlement in top 10 Local Government areas 2002 – 2007 (DIAC settlement data 2007)

Refugee settlement in top 10 Local Government areas 2002 – 2007 (DIAC settlement data 2007)

Refugee settlement in top 10 Local Government areas 2002 – 2007 (DIAC settlement data 2007


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Expected Humanitarian Entrants (Vic) May 2009

Country of Birth (top 5)

Iraq

Burma (Thailand)

Afghanistan

Sudan

Somalia

Ethnicities (top 10)

Iraq – Iraqi

Chaldean

Burma - Karen Chin

Afghanistan - Hazara

Sudan – Dinka

Bari

Somalia

Ethiopian

African


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Humanitarian Visa Categories

200Refugee201In-Country Special Humanitarian202Global Special Humanitarian

203Emergency Rescue204 Women at Risk866Permanent Protection Visa


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy (IHSS)

  • Consortium of settlement agencies

  • AMES (Adult Migrant Education Scheme)Foundation House (VFST)Springvale Community Aid & Advice BureauRedback ServicesBrotherhood of St. Laurence

  • Assistance for the first 6 months after arrival

  • May then be referred other agenciesMigrant Resource Centre; New Hope Foundation


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • Asylum Seekers

  • Amongst the most disadvantage people living in Victoria

  • Have supporting documentation from either the Red Cross or the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

  • Bridging Visa ‘E’

  • Have access to DHS services such asHospitalsAmbulance for emergency situationsCommunity Health ServicesDental Health ServicesImmunisationDisability Aids and Equipment Program

  • http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/multicultural/downloads/asylum-seeker-access-to-dhs-services.pdf


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • Background to Refugee Health Nurse Initiative

  • People from a refugee background have

  • come from countries that - are of a lower level of socio-economic development than Australia and- have minimal coordination of health care systems

  • witnessed or survived significant violence and human rights violations

  • higher levels of physical and psychological health

  • problems than migrants and people born in Australia


Background to refugee health nurse initiative

Background to Refugee Health Nurse Initiative

Victorian State Government Initiative

  • to optimise the long-term health of refugees community members

  • nurses placed in high settlement areas in the Community Health Service

  • able to promote accessible and culturally appropriate health care services

  • develop relationships with other community based agencies


Ai ms of the rhn program

Aims of the RHN Program

Increase refugee access to primary health services.Improve the response of health services to refugees’ needs.Enable individuals, families and refugee communities to improve their health and wellbeing.


Refugee health clinics with a refugee health nurse in greater dandenong

Refugee Health Clinics with a Refugee Health Nurse in Greater Dandenong

Greater Dandenong

Community Health Service

55 Buckingham Ave, Springvale 3171

PH: 8558 9000

Two Weekly Clinics

Refugee Health Nurses

Community Health Nurse

Interpreters available

Drop-In

Appointments available

Internal & External referral as required

Refugee Immunisation Clinic

Wednesday 9am – 12noon

Catch-up immunisation for adults and children

M.Y. Health Clinic

Thursday 9am – 12noon

General health assessment / needs

Pap Smears

Family Planning

For all the family

Dandenong Hospital

David St, Dandenong 3175

Refugee Health Clinic – Outpatients Department

Monday 1.30pm – 5pm

Support for GPs with managing complex medical issues

Infectious Diseases Specialists

Paediatricians

Refugee Health Nurses

Community Development Worker

Other services available

GP Asylum Seeker Clinic (fortnightly)

Dietitian (monthly)

Centrelink (monthly)

Immunisation

Require GP referral

Interpreters available

Appointment only

Reminder call made the week before appointment


Refugee health wellbeing action plan 2008 2010

Refugee Health & Wellbeing Action Plan 2008 – 2010

Highlights the need for flexible; culturally appropriate access to health services & service delivery

  • *3 Strategic Priorities*

  • Provide timely and accessible services for newly arrived refugees

  • Build the capacity and expertise of mainstream and specialist services and health care practitioners in the area of refugee health care

  • Support and strengthen the ability of individuals, families and refugee communities to improve their health & wellbeing

    Accessible from

    www.dhs.vic.gov.au/multicultural


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • Interpreters

  • Use frequently

  • Imperative

  • Best if able to get on-site

  • Telephone Interpreting Services

  • Some languages very difficult to get interpreters

  • Try to book in advance to ensure availability

  • Be mindful of issues that can relate to small communities and gender difference

  • Do not rely on family members particularly children to interpret

  • Southern Health Interpreting Guideline available on the intranet

  • (Allied Health – Clinical Protocols & Guidelines)


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • Barriers / Difficulties / Issues for Refugees

  • Housing – overcrowding; lack of affordable rentals

  • Language Barriers

  • Education – learning English

  • Child care

  • Transport

  • Delay in receiving Centrelink income

  • Delay with obtaining Medicare number

  • Linking to other services; knowing where to go; uncertainty


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • Barriers / Difficulties / Issues for Refugees

  • Competing demands with settlement

  • Australian Health system

  • Access to health services

  • Complex medical conditions

    • Mental health and well-being

    • Physical health

    • Social issues – relationships; differences in Aust

    • Medication – cost

  • Inadequate Immunisation

  • Interpreters

  • Separation from family / children


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

  • How can you help?

  • Developing awareness and understanding of the refugee experience and CALD issues

  • Take time to explain - sometimes explanations need to occur more than once

  • Easy English when explaining

  • Building a trusting relationship with people from a refugee background imperative

  • Only make promises you can keep

  • Recognise there will be many many other social and health issues for this person

  • Ask what other services are involved; will save on duplication / confusion


Refugee health sue willey gayle comyn greater dandenong community health service

Contact Details

Sue Willey & Gayle Comyn

Greater Dandenong Community Health Service –

55 Buckingham Ave

Springvale

PH: 8558 9000

Sue Willey

Mob: 0420 301 634

Gayle Comyn

Mob: 0428 141 572


  • Login