Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health & Wellbeing

During 2016 -17, the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar have been working collectively with Diversitat, Western Vic Primary Health Network, CatholicCare, Barwon Child Youth and Family, and Barwon Health to identify challenges in the Mental Health System regarding the care and outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the G21 Region. This responds to key recommendations within two significant pieces of work recently conducted within the region:

          RASHMAP explores the current and preferred service response to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for people from RAS backgrounds in the G21 region. It involved key specialist groups proving RAS services in the region.

          The Mapping Workshops, organised by the collaborative and facilitated by Deakin University and Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH), applied a Systems Thinking approach.  These workshops mapped the complexities of providing mental health services for people from a Refugee and       Asylum Seeker background, including the strengths, gaps, barriers, blockages and capacity, currently being experienced by providers, clinicians and practitioners within this complex system.

A shared understanding has been developed with partnering agencies, and opportunities to work collaboratively on identified leverage points have been explored.

Partnering agencies have come together to collectively address these identified challenges.

Click here to view the Shared Action Plan for 2017

Governance Group Members:

  • G21 GEELONG REGION ALLIANCE - Janice Lane & Kate Smith
  • DIVERSITAT - Meagan Price & Dianna Rice
  • BARWON HEALTH - Carol Mioduchowski
  • BAWRON CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY - Josie Taylor
  • CATHOLIC CARE - Chris McNamara
  • WESTERN VIC PHN - Charisse Spence & Judith Emond

For further information please contact:  hwb@g21.com.au

Project News

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health’s Multicultural Health and Support Service (MHSS) is offering help for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and professionals who work with these communities, on how to and improve sexual health.

The G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar, in partnership with Diversitat, Barwon Health, Western Vic Primary Health Network, CatholicCare and Barwon Child Youth & Family will use this funding to strengthen mental health services pathways across agencies for people from a refugee and asylum seeker background.

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health (CEH), have contiued to recieve funding to manage and improve Health Translations information for diverse communities.

G21 HWB partner agencies have been working collectively to identify challenges in the Mental Health System regarding the care and outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the G21 Region.

A group of 15 Iraqi and Karen new arrivals had the opportunity to participate in a seven weeks cooking course at Jamie’s Ministry of Food Geelong thanks to the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar.

Project Events

Thursday, 12 October 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Online: This presentation explores the intersection between motherhood and the refugee experience.  

Friday, 13 October 2017 (All day) to Saturday, 14 October 2017 (All day)

This workshop aims to deepen your understanding of resilience and risk factors for Muslim young people. This workshop is suitable for psychology, mental health and community workers engaged with Australian Muslim young people.

Related Resources

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has recently released its Delivering for diversity: Cultural diversity plan 2016-2019.

This service map identifies and promotes a range of regional activities, services and programs that are currently available to refugees and asylum seekers through local government, community and health services, as well as specialist support services.

The aim of the Refugee Health Care Pathways Project, was to develop stronger, more integrated, and community-based, health and community services for refugees.

This newly published research (May 2017) is the first of its kind to track the long-term health of newly arrived refugee children in Australia.

The RASHMAP project has been developed to explore the current and preferred service response to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for people from refugee backgrounds in the G21 region.

General practice, as well as, community and allied health services are working together to provide a range of health care services torefugee and asylum seekers who settle across the Western Victoria PHN region.

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Formed in November 1981, RCOA is a non-profit, non-government organisation registered...

The G21 Refugee & Asylum Seeker Engagement and Advocacy Group have developed a directory to assist community members, professionals and organisations in the not-for-profit, health and community sectors identify training and workforce development opportunities available. 

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