Supporting General Practices & PHC to Work with people from Refugee Backgrounds - Samantha Furneaux

Supporting General Practices & PHC to Work with people from Refugee Backgrounds - Samantha Furneaux
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People from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum, may have undiagnosed or poorly managed health conditions as a result of limited or disrupted access to health care and other resources necessary to maintain health including food, water, adequate shelter and illness prevention programs.

On arrival health assessments are crucial for people from refugee backgrounds. Service delivery models vary between states, nonetheless, nurses are integral for the delivery of high quality clinical care including preventative health care, care coordination and the development of health literacy.

Two of the key resources to support this work are the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide and the refugee health assessment template. Both of these resources were updated in 2017-2018 and will be presented in this paper.

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