Journal article

'I think we've had a health screen': New offshore screening, new refugee health guidelines, new Syrian and Iraqi cohorts: Recommendations, reality, results and review

Rachel C Heenan, Thomas Volkman, Simon Stokes, Shidan Tosif, Hamish Graham, Andrea Smith, David Tran, Georgia Paxton



AIM: To examine refugee health assessments in Syrian and Iraqi children in the context of changes to offshore immigration screening, updated Australian refugee health guidelines and the primary care refugee health model in Victoria. METHODS: This is a retrospective audit of Syrian and Iraqi children aged 0-17 years attending a specialist immigrant health service from January 2015 to September 2017. RESULTS: We saw 128 children (7 months-16 years, 64.8% male). Prior to arrival, 58.9% of children had experienced trauma, and 67.9% had missed at least 1 year of school. Almost all children (93.3%) were linked with a regular general practitioner in Australia, and 23.6% children were linked with a ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Helen Milton (Co-ordinator of the RCH Immigrant Health Clinic IHS) for her assistance in compiling clinic lists and her work in our service; Amanda Di Carlo (RCH Laboratory Services) for providing reference ranges; Milla Goldenberg (RCH Decision Support) and Emma Jones, Emiliano Zucchi and our interpreting colleagues at both RCH and CHS for their assistance; and Karen Kiang and Sophie Oldfield, previous fellows. The RCH IHS and Refugee Health Fellows are funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services; Northern Hospital supports Language Services for the CHS.