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The Immigrant health service is part of the
Department of General Paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital.
The Immigrant health clinic is run at the green desk outpatients on
Monday afternoon between 1:30-5:30 pm. It provides a
multidisciplinary assessment service for recently arrived children
of a refugee background. This includes medical and dental
assessment, immunisations, Mantoux testing and administration of
Vitamin D as needed. Pathology, radiology and pharmacy services are
available onsite. The Immigrant health clinic utilises the
expertise of RCH interpreter service and runs alongside the
infectious diseases, travel medicine and immunisation clinics.
There is also a concurrent gastroenterology clinic. There are close
links between all these services and also links to primary health
care providers and community organisations working in refugee
Typically families are seen for 2 visits
initially and will be referred for management of ongoing health
issues if needed. All children within a family are seen at the same
visit to maximise efficiency, in addition every attempt is made to
minimise trips to the hospital by combining appointments for other
services (such as eye review and audiology) with clinic times. A
detailed summary is provided for the referring doctor with an
ongoing plan for management, families receive a copy of this
The clinic coordinator is
Helen Milton. She can be contacted through RCH switchboard on 9345
5522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referrals should be clearly marked to Immigrant health clinic and
can be sent through the normal outpatient bookings
A clinical practice guideline about paediatric refugee health
issues is being developed. It will be available shortly through
Clinical Practice Guidelines website.
Further resources are available for RCH staff on the users drive
under Immigrant health clinic.