Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA)

What is RHeaNA?

The Refugee Health Network of Australia (RHeaNA) is a network of health and community professionals who share an interest and/or expertise in refugee health. The Network draws members from every Australian State and Territory. RHeaNA was formed in 2009 in recognition that the health needs of people of refugee backgrounds are complex, and cut across all disciplines of medicine. The Network has a multidisciplinary focus and includes clinicians (medical practitioners, nurses and mental health workers), policy experts, health service managers and researchers. Many RHeaNA members work in primary health care, however, the Network draws on the expertise of specialists in the field of mental health, infectious disease, paediatrics and public health. For more information about RHeaNA see:  C. Phillips, M. M. Smith, M. Kay and S. Casey (2011). The Refugee Health Network of Australia: towards national collaboration on health care for refugees. Medical Journal of Australia, August, 195(4) 185:186.

RHeaNA aims to:

  • inform and support quality holistic health care for refugees in Australia
  • provide informed advice on current and emerging issues in refugee health in Australia; including to policy-makers at Commonwealth and State/Territory level
  • support the exchange of information between providers of refugee health care across Australia and other relevant stakeholders,
  • develop a national research agenda for refugee health, promote and facilitate research in this field and help disseminate research findings.

RHeaNA contacts in your State/Territory:

ACT | Companion House:

New South Wales | Refugee Health Service:

Northern Territory 

Queensland | Refugee Health Network Queensland:

South Australia | Refugee Health Network: 


Victoria | Victorian Refugee Health Network:

Western Australia | Humanitarian Entrant Health Service: | Child and Adolescent Refugee Health Clinic:

Other articles and information about refugee health

Immigrant Health Service, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne: 

Refugee health research clearinghouse: 

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in consultation with

                  Refugee Health Network of Australia

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Funded by

The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide was produced with funds from the Australian Government Department of Health.


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.