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About the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide

The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide is an updated version of Promoting Refugee Health: A guide for doctors and other healthcare providers caring for people from refugee backgrounds (2012) and Caring for patients in general practice: a desktop guide (2012) and their previous editions.  The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide is also available as a printed Desktop Guide. Contact your local FASSTT agency or refugee health service to access copies of the printed resource. See State and territory referrals.

This revised publication has been produced with funds from the Australian Government Department of Health.

The 2018 update of the Guide project was conducted by Foundation House in collaboration with general practitioners, refugee health nurses, practice nurses, paediatricians, infectious disease physicians and Primary Health Network staff. The project was informed by a national project advisory group and was coordinated by Samantha Furneaux. Further details about contributors.

The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide is part of a suite of resources to support GPs, nurses and other primary care providers to undertaking on arrival and ongoing care for people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum. 

A 2018 update of the Refugee Health Assessment Template supports doctors and nurses to complete refugee health assessments.  The template was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. It is available at: TBC

The ASID/RHeaNA Recommendations for comprehensive post-arrival health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds were written in 2016 with a separate authorship and process. Chapters of these recommendations have been included on the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide website to assist with easy access to these clinical recommendations.  This content is distinguishable on the website by the ASID/RHeaNA banner, and chapter authors are listed on each webpage.  The ASID/RHeaNA Recommendations can be accessed in full as a pdf online, or a printed resource through the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases. This material may be subject to additional copyright restrictions:

Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of research or study, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part of this book may be reproduced by any process without written permission. Primary health-care providers are granted a non-exclusive licence to copy information for patient consultation. Direct enquiries to the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID).

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The information set out in the Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide (“the Guide”) is current at the date of first publication and is intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. Nor is the Guide exhaustive of the subject matter. Persons implementing any recommendations contained in the Guide must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. The statements or opinions that are expressed in the Guide reflect the views of the contributing authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or Foundation House. Compliance with any recommendations cannot of itself guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional and the premises from which the health professional operates.

Whilst the information is directed to health professionals possessing appropriate qualifications and skills in ascertaining and discharging their professional (including legal) duties, it is not to be regarded as clinical advice and, in particular, is no substitute for a full examination and consideration of medical history in reaching a diagnosis and treatment based on accepted clinical practices.

Accordingly, Foundation House and its employees and agents shall have no liability (including without limitation liability by reason of negligence) to any users of the information contained in the Guide for any loss or damage (consequential or otherwise), cost or expense incurred or arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information contained in the Guide and whether caused by reason of any error, negligent act, omission or misrepresentation in the information. Although every effort has been made to ensure that drug doses and other information are presented accurately in the Guide, the ultimate responsibility rests with the prescribing clinician. For detailed prescribing information or instructions on the use of any product described herein, please consult the prescribing information issued by the manufacturer.