Refugee patients usually have multiple, complex health conditions and require health screening after they arrive in Australia, such as infectious diseases, mental health issues and other health problems are common.

Clinical care for this patient group is challenging. Typically there are long consultations, multiple investigations to arrange and follow-up, and multiple health issues in each patient.

Most consultations require the help of a professional interpreter, further increasing time and complexity. This has presented difficulties in case management, especially for regional and rural GPs and there is a growing need for education of GPs, junior hospital doctors, medical students, nurses, allied and primary care health workers in the area of refugee health.

Education delivery can be problematic, particularly for remote areas of Victoria.

Education materials and presentations can be done in conjunction with the Paediatric Refugee Health Fellow and the Royal Children’s Hospital Immigrant Child Health Service.

Advanced Learning Modules (Category 1) in Refugee Health and Refugee Mental Health:

  • Introduction to Refugee Health (general or paediatric focus)
  • Nutrition in refugees (general or paediatric focus)
  • Infectious diseases (general or paediatric focus)
  • Viral hepatitis in General Practice
  • Parasite infections
  • Mental health of refugees in primary care
  • Management of vitamin D deficiency in refugees (general or paediatric focus)
  • Chronic pain in refugees
  • Chronic and cardiovascular disease in refugees
  • Development and learning assessment (paediatric focus)
  • Adolescent refugee health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Other topics can be arranged as requested

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