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Refugee Nurses Australia

The Refugee Nurses of Australia (RNA) network was recently formed in January 2016 by lead Refugee Health Nurses across Australia. There are Refugee Health Nurses in every state and territory. The RNA has a national focus and provides an opportunity for nurses working with people from refugee background to share resources, be advocates, contribute to clinical guidelines and be involved in community of practice opportunities.

The objectives of the RNA are:

  • Provide a forum for exchange of information and resources between refugee health nurses and other relevant stakeholders across Australia.
  • Promote best practice in refugee health nursing through quality improvements  and evidenced based research
  • Provide leadership in the development of a national refugee health nurse clinical practice framework including scope of practice, credentialing and models of care.
  • Advocate for refugee and asylum seeker issues.

National Steering Committee

Victoria: Lindy Marlow (Chair), Merilyn Spratling
NSW: Sandy Eagar, Michele Greenwood
SA: Jan Williams
QLD: Leeanne Schmidt (Sec.), Chris Allotta
NT: Irene Simonda
WA: Jo-Anne Parker
ACT: Lisa Clements
TAS: Sally Madden

To apply, complete the RNA membership application & survey form and email the completed form to refugeenursesaustralia@gmail.com noting your state or territory in the subject.


Photo (L-R): Sandy Eagar, Nurse Manager, NSW Refugee Health Service;  Lindy Marlow, State-wide Facilitator, Victorian Refugee Health Program; Leeanne Schmidt, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Brisbane Metro South Refugee Health Service Health Equity and Access Unit Logan Central Community Health Centre; Jan Williams, Clinical Services Coordinator, Migrant Health Clinic, Adelaide; Lisa Clements, Clinical Nurse Manager, Companion House, ACT

Nurses working in this area:

  • Lead the development of  models of care with and for people from refugee backgrounds
  • Contribute to local, state and national policies
  • Contribute to, and are developing a knowledge base for practice
  • Are researchers and co-researchers
  • Practice person centred care and safe cultural practices

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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.

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