Health for refugees and asylum seekers

SEMPHN is committed to the values of acceptance and equitable access to healthcare. We offer the following resources to support community members, frontline staff, healthcare providers and general practice staff who work with refugees and asylum seekers.

Training videos

The following are informative videos for people working and interested in refugee and asylum seeker health.

Jacqui McBride from Monash Health discusses detailed aspects of Refugee Health, care pathway options and organisations that can support case workers and health workers delivering services in this space.

Jayne Birkett from the City of Greater Dandenong discusses refugee training for caseworkers and health providers.

Dr Mark Timlin from Monash Health discusses primary care and communicable diseases.

E-Learning Modules on Practice Coaching: This refugee Health Module includes five video lessons from Refugee Health Fellows and other experts in the field of refugee health working in Victoria’s Local Health Network (Monash, RCH, Royal Melbourne). 

Topics include:

  • Identifying refugees and asylum seekers in your general practice
  • Working with interpreters and ensuring effective communication
  • Conducting a refugee health assessment and common illnesses
  • Immunisation for asylum seekers and refugees
  • Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS): Focus on refugee health.

On completion (approx. two hours), participants are issued a Certificate of Completion which can be used to demonstrate CPD.

Register for, or access the Practice Coaching Website here.

Information and contacts

Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National


Healthcare specific information

Healthcare Assessment and Medicare

Mental Health


Infectious Disease

Vitamin D

Diabetes Health

  • The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) multicultural diabetes portal
    • The multicultural diabetes portal provides health professionals with a broad range of translated diabetes resources relating to managing diabetes and living well in a wide variety of languages.

Learn about your medicines

  • National prescribing service - learn about your medicines fact sheet in English and 10 other languages
    • Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Korean, Macedonian Spanish and Vietnamese.


The following is a list of resources for health professionals and refugee and asylum seekers to help access healthcare in the community, including after-hours. It’s also a good place to start if you’d like to increase your understanding of refugee and asylum seeker experiences.

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