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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.

Learning outcomes
  • List the components of a refugee health assessment, with particular attention to mental illness.
  • Explain why the white cell count of newly arrived refugees might be different to those of the rest of the population.
  • Explore the causes of conditions such as hepatitis C and vitamin B12 deficiency that are likely to be different in refugees to the rest of the Australian population.
  • Outline how to manage chronic pain and non-communicable diseases in refugees.
  • Outline the reasons why a qualified interpreter is important when seeing refugees.
  • Domains of General Practice

    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 dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Refugee and asylum seeker health
    • Psychological health
    187212 - Refugee health
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 hr
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    CPD Points
    2 cpd
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