187212 - Refugee health
- : Online
This educational activity is an opportunity for GPs to learn about the physical and mental health issues of people from refugee backgrounds, improve their skills and confidence in using interpreters, and learn about refugee-focused services and resources. It will explore these topics and enhance GPs’ understanding of the unique presentations of refugees. It will also emphasise the role of GPs in not only providing direct clinical care but in linking refugees with specialised care and settlement resources.Relevance to General Practice
Australia has a long history of resettling refugees. Since 1945, over 800,000 arrived under Australia’s Humanitarian Program. In 2018–19, almost 20,000 visas were granted under the Humanitarian Program, with the top three birth countries of those granted asylum being Iraq, DR Congo and Myanmar.
Refugee populations have complex and diverse healthcare needs. For instance, refugees who have newly arrived in Australia have been observed to have a higher prevalence of psychological disorders, specific infectious diseases, nutritional deficiencies and disability. Many have experienced traumatic events such as forced dislocation, prolonged political repression, being interned in refugee camps and/or family separation. GPs and other primary healthcare workforce therefore need to be understanding and supportive of the sometimes complex needs of refugee patients.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
A comprehensive, clearly documented biopsychosocial history is taken from the patient
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Duty of care is maintained
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Refugee and asylum seeker health
- Psychological health