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The immigrant health service includes a weekly outpatient clinic (Mondays 13:00 - 17:00 at desk A5), patient consultations, education for service providers and work in policy development. The service is supported by the Victorian Government Department of Health (DH), including support for the refugee health fellows program. Due to COVID-19, we are using telehealth/phone appointments flexibly - to minimise transport and where this is family preference. We still provide a comprehensive approach to physical and mental health for children and young people who arrived as refugees or seeking asylum, and we are also seeing patients for direct review where needed. All interpreting is now via telehealth.
All children within a family can be seen at the same visit to minimise trips to the hospital. In addition, every attempt is made to combine 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 letter. The service is free of charge for all refugee and asylum seeker children.
In 2021 we have three part time
refugee health fellows, Dr Jen Schaefer, Dr Jade Woon and Dr Eva Sudbury. The fellows can be contacted for advice or coordination on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9345 5522, pager 7142 (Monday, Tuesday, Friday).
Referrals should be clearly marked to Immigrant health clinic (attention Lillian Ingram) and can be sent through the normal
outpatient referrals process. Please include the following information:
Based on our clinical experience, we think the following always warrant paediatric review in refugee/asylum seeker patients (and should be referred to a paediatrician):
Immigrant health resources. Updated Sep 2021. Contact email@example.com