Queensland Health is providing public healthcare access to Ukrainians in Queensland without a Medicare card and has extended its Asylum Seeker Health Directive from 01 December 2021 to include all Ukrainians. This enables people seeking asylum to access free health care in all Queensland Health facilities.
Funding assistance for primary care (GP visits, medication, investigations) may be accessible through your local Humanitarian Settlement Service, Multicultural Australia: HSPQLDEnquiries@multiculturalaustralia.org.au.
The Metro South Refugee Health Service provides care to people arriving into Logan, Ipswich and Gold Coast and can provide further guidance – 07 3290 8900 .
Clinical and/ translated resources and further information is available on the Refugee Health Network Queensland website.
The Department of Health and Aged Care has released a fact sheet for GPs to clarify that longer MBS item numbers are claimable for a longer consult when engaging an interpreter through TIS.
Comprehensive Health Assessment item numbers (701, 703, 705 and 707) are claimable once within 12 months of arrival for people arriving from refugee backgrounds upon completion of a full Refugee Health Assessment (RHA). Further information on RHAs is available on the RHNQ website: Refugee Health Assessment Information.
Instructions and a downloadable version of the Refugee Health Assessment template in RTF format (for Best Practice or Medical Director) can be found here.
These are available 24/7/365 via Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National via the Medical Practitioner Priority Line: 1300 131 450. This service is available to everyone arriving from Ukraine.