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The offshore health alert process and the pre-departure
health check (DHC) were strengthened in response to the death of a child from
sickle cell disease in New South Wales immediately after arrival in
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) holds responsibility
for offshore assessments (including health assessments) and visas. Health
assessments are completed by International Organization for Migration (IOM) - contracted
by DHA. The DHA also contracts post-arrival settlement services - the
Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP). The HSP includes on-arrival reception,
accommodation and linking people with healthcare in Australia.
In Victoria these services are provided by AMES Australia. There are settlement health coordinators (SHC, who are refugee nurses) based in AMES, who help coordinate health alerts.
The following applies to RCH, but could also be adapted by other health services.
Immigrant health resource. Author Georgia Paxton, Daniel Mason and Marianne Safe, January 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org