Providing education and training, coordination and service development

The Department of Health in Victoria has funded refugee fellow positions in refugee health to build capacity across the state to improve refugee and asylum seeker health care. Two of these fellows are located at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Their roles include:

  • Improving coordination of health care for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Providing advice and liaison about issues arising in individual refugee and asylum seeker clients
  • Providing education in refugee health to GPs, Specialists, Nurses, hospital staff and allied health as required, and in response to provider requests.

Fellows are happy to speak to either large or small groups, and can travel to outer metropolitan or regional areas if required. They can provide information across a variety of topics, and are happy to compile information on emerging issues.

Current fellows

Dr Joanne Gardiner

Dr Gardiner is a GP with a special interest in refugee mental health; she works in community health and at Foundation House, and in the Immigrant and Refugee Clinic at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Tuesday mornings. She is currently the Chair of the Refugee Group of the Victorian Refugee Health Network.

Joanne is contactable Monday to Friday.

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu

Dr Kudzai Kanhutu is an infectious diseases physician with an interest in women’s health and telehealth. She works at cohealth West Footscray in a specialist refugee and asylum seeker clinic on Wednesday afternoons and is also based at the Peter Doherty Institute in Parkville.

Kudzai is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.


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