As defined by the Multicultural Families Organisation, “A refugee is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, political oppression or religious persecution”.
General practices play an instrumental role in providing primary care to people from a refugee background and are often one of the first points of contact for refugees in the Australian healthcare system.
Key points to remember when accepting new clients from a refugee background:
Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Visit the Department of Health website to access a number of resources containing helpful information on COVID-19 vaccines and COVIDSafe behaviours.
The Department of Home Affairs has a dedicated website – COVID-19 information in your language which provides culturally and linguistically diverse communities with a single source of information in 63 languages other than English.