Funding boost for refugee health and mental health services
An $11 million Victorian Government funding boost for refugee health and mental health was announced yesterday by the Minister for Health Jill Hennessy and the Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley. The funding is in particular response to the growing numbers of refugees from Syria and Iraq settling in Victoria.
The package includes:
- Three refugee health nurses providing community health outreach services in Dallas and Sunshine
- A paediatric specialist Refugee Health Fellow to hold regular outreach clinics in Melbourne’s north
- A new catch-up immunisation program for children, adolescents and adults from refugee backgrounds
- Extra language services and a new grants program for hospitals to improve access to interpreting services
- A package of new programs to support child, youth and family refugee mental health
- Targeted child and family services support for unaccompanied refugee children and young people.
Click here for SBS News item – From fleeing persecution to fleeing the black dog, Victorian government bolsters refugee health support services