Journal article

The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and Refugee Health Network of Australia recommendations for health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds: an abridged outline

Nadia J Chaves, Georgia A Paxton, Beverley-Ann Biggs, Aesen Thambiran, Joanne Gardiner, Jan Williams, Mitchell M Smith, Joshua S Davis

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In 2009, the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases published guidelines on the post-arrival health assessment of recently arrived refugees. Since then, the number of refugees and asylum seekers reaching Australia has increased substantially (17 555 refugees in 2015-16) and the countries of origin have changed. These groups are likely to have had poor access to health care pre-arrival and, consequently, are at risk of a range of chronic and infectious diseases. We established an advisory group that included infectious diseases physicians, general practitioners, public health specialists, paediatricians and refugee health nurses to update the 2009 guidelines.Main recommenda..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Nadia Chaves received funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate the production of this resource as the 2015 Royal Melbourne Hospital Refugee Health Fellow based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Joanne Gardiner, Thomas Schulz and Karen Kiang were also funded as Victorian Refugee Health Fellows. Joshua Davis holds a career development fellowship of the National Health and Medical Research Council (1083105).