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.

Click here to view the Shared Action Plan for 2017

Working With Us - For Us

In June 2018 the "Working With Us - For Us" report was released. This report details the methodology and findings of a co-design and consumer input project, a key priority in the 2017 Shared Action. The project used an Experience Based Co Design (EBCD) model with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Geelong region with the participants providing a range of recommendations for 5 priority issues. The strength and success of this project owes itself to the dedication and openness of the participants. 

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Project News

G21 is pleased to announced the release of the Working With Us - For Us report.

“The people with big voices need to take this to the people with big ears!” (Refugee & Asylum Seeker Project participants collaborating in the experience-based co-design project)

A growing body of research is drawing a link between mental and physical health - and the connection is much stronger than you might realise.

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.

Related Resources

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

Diversitat’s Disability Findings Report highlights barriers that culturally and linguistically diverse people face when accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme and broader disability system in the Barwon region.

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 Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health have developed an online Cultural Competency Introductory Course.  This interactive online training module will help you be culturally responsive to your diverse clients.

These guidelines are for all services delivered through the Community Health Program to meet the needs of people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.; These guidelines complement the overarching Community Health Integrated Program (CHIP) guidelines which aim to improve consistency across...

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.

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 180 organisational and 700 individual members.

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

CONSUMER INPUT - (Principle that will guide future directions & actions) - (LEAD AGENCY: Diversitat)

Develop a framework of co-design and consumer input. This will assist partner agencies to embed this principle as part of each action undertaken in this project (where...

These document has been developed by CatholicCare as part of the G21 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Partnership Shared Action Plan for 2017. 

The Victorian refugee and asylum seeker health action plan 2014–2018 articulates the Victorian Government’s commitment and action to improve the physical and mental health of refugees and asylum seekers. It describes Victoria’s partnership approach to delivering responsive and appropriate...

The G21 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Project (RAS MH) aimed to implement a Co Design framework that would assist service providers to gain an understanding of the barriers refugees and asylum seekers face accessing mental health services in the Geelong Region.

An Experience...