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Refugee Health Nurses and Allied Health (statewide contact details in table below)
Refugee health nurses and allied health staff are located in community health centres in areas of high refugee settlement. Refugee health nurses can provide advice on primary and specialist referral, as well as referral to relevant community groups and community services.
For more information regarding the Refugee Health Program contact Kath Desmyth, Statewide Facilitator of the Refugee Health Program on 03 9448 5588 or at Kath.Desmyth@cohealth.org.au
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The Refugee Health Fellows program exists to assist health care providers, and fellows are available by telephone and can often arrange to see you in your practice. Fellows can offer assistance with diagnosis and management, and can provide information on referral pathways for refugee and asylum seeker clients. For more information see here.
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Note that there are special access arrangements to Victorian public health and community services for asylum seekers. These arrangements include free access to public hospitals, ambulance services in emergency situations, community health services, dental services and catch-up immunisations, and priority access to community health services. See here for more information regarding special access arrangements for asylum seekers.
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- Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Royal Women’s Hospital Clinic 03 8345 3045; Rural: 1800 442 007
- Infectious Diseases
- Maternal and Child Health: Maternal and Child Health line 132 229 ; Find a Maternal and Child Health Service
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The Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP; formerly Humanitarian Settlement Services and Complex Case Support) provides early practical support to humanitarian entrants on arrival, and throughout their initial settlement period, generally for the first six to 12 months (Australian Department of Social Services, 2017). The HSP service provider for Victoria is AMES Australia. See here for more information.
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- Child Protection 131 278 (24 hours); other contact numbers and information
- Emergency accommodation
- Family Planning Association Victoria 1800 013 952 or 03 9257 0100
- Family Violence – InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence 1800 755 988 or 03 9413 6500
- Legal advice: Refugee Legal Telephone: (03) 9413 0101; Advice Line: (03) 9413 0100
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292; Find a CASA Sexual Assault Service
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