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Activity description

89654 - Improving Refugee Health in General Practice

South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network

A Refugee Health Fellow will visit your clinic over 2 x 1 hour sessions to assist you to assess your Refugee Health practice and identify training/education needs to ensure/improve your practice in relation to assessing and managing the health of refugees.

Relevance to General Practice

Asylum seekers and refugees experience poorer health than the broader Australian population. Despite the significant health needs of this population group, they generally have low participation in mainstream health services due to a range of barriers faced in relation to access. Barriers such as language, finance, competing priorities throughout settlement, and challenges navigating the health system significantly inhibit service access. Given this , there is a need to increase the capacity of the health and community sector to ensure that services, organisations, and the region are well positioned to respond to refugee and asylum seeker patients. This involves developing skills and knowledge among staff to ensure they are able to perform effectively. This includes developing an awareness of the refugee and asylum seeker journey, increasing knowledge related to common health issues, and capacity to undertake required medical screening specifically required for refugee groups.

Learning outcomes

  1. Integrate the best practice post-arrival health assessment for patients from a refugee background into your practice
  2. Reflect on and identify areas of need for further education, in the clinical management of common health conditions in patients from a refugee background
  3. Use the refugee health assessment template to guide health screening and address patient safety
  4. Communicate...and enhance...through the use of interpreters, cultural responsiveness, determinates of health literacy
  5. Utilise resources and referral options most appropriate to patients from a refugee background

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Professional knowledge and skills are reviewed and developed

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Effective clinical leadership is demonstrated

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Refugee and asylum seeker health

Partnering organisations

Monash Refugee Health & Wellbeing

Session summary


Friday 10 Mar 2017 9:00am - Friday 22 Nov 2019 3:00pm

This activity is readily available at any time


Monash Refugee Health & Wellbeing


Face to face




All attendees welcome

Target Audience


For more information contact...

Mark Timlin
T: 03 9792 8100