Working with Refugees
People who come to Australia as refugees have complex healthcare needs.
- Compassionate, respectful healthcare can be a significant contributor to re-establishing people’s dignity, self-respect and self-esteem. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians recommends that health services should consistently affirm the dignity of refugees.1
- Refugees can have high rates of preventable conditions and psychosocial morbidity. They may have had poor access to health services in their home countries and suffer chronic conditions as a consequence of poorly managed acute conditions or injuries.
- The impact of trauma can significantly affect the health of refuges and their ability to access and engage with healthcare. Refugees often suffer trauma from experiences of natural disasters, war, genocide, torture, rape, oppression and loss of family and friends; and the effects may persist in subsequent generations.
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- Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Towards better health for refugee children and young people in Australia and New Zealand: The RACP perspective. Sydney: RACP; 2007.
- Settlement Services International. Refugee FAQs: Where do Australia’s refugees come from?.