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The immigrant health service includes weekly outpatient clinics (Mondays 13:00 - 17:00 at desk A5, Tuesday mornings and Thursdays), 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. We use 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.
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 2023 our refugee health fellows are Dr Davina Buntsma (Mon-Fri) and Dr Priya Sundaravel and Dr Amy Williamson work in clinic on Mondays, Amy also works at coHealth on Thursdays. Davina can be contacted for advice or coordination on firstname.lastname@example.org or 9345 5522, pager 7142.
Referrals should be clearly marked to Immigrant health clinic (attention Natale Massa) fax 9345 5034. If the referral is urgent it is always fine to email (email@example.com) as well, and we are happy for direct contact from refugee health nurses/program. There are now 12 paediatric refugee clinics across metro and regional areas in Victoria - we all work 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 Apr 2023. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org