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The immigrant health service includes weekly outpatient clinics (main clinic Monday afternoons at A5, fellow clinic Thursday afternoon at desk D), consultations, and work in education/policy/guideline development. The service is supported by the Victorian Department of Health (DH), including support for the refugee health fellows program.
All children within a family can be seen at the same visit, and every attempt is made to combine appointments for other services (such as eye review and audiology) with clinic times. We use telehealth/phone appointments flexibly, to minimise transport, and where this is family preference. A detailed summary is provided for the referring doctor with an ongoing plan for management; families receive a copy of this letter. We provide a comprehensive approach to physical and mental health for children and young people who arrived as refugees or seeking asylum, and the service is free of charge.
In 2024, our refugee health fellows are Dr Elliot Lyon (Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri) and Dr Amy Williamson (Mon), Amy also works at coHealth on Thursdays. The fellows can be contacted for advice or coordination on email@example.com or 9345 5522, pager 7142. Our clinic coordinator is Natale Massa - (Mon/Tues/Thurs), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Referral form. Referrals should be clearly marked to Immigrant health clinic, fax 9345 5034. We would prefer to see all children in a family if possible (with simultaneous referrals). If the referral is urgent, it is always fine to call/email as well. There are now 12 paediatric refugee clinics across metro and regional Victoria - working closely together - please refer to your local service. Please include the following information in referrals:
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 January 2024. Contact email@example.com