Article on integration of refugees into routine primary care in NSW.
This article discusses ways in which integrated care could improve access to primary care for people of a refugee background.
Interstate transfer template
Many people from Refugee and Asylum Seeker backgrounds transition between states and territories in Australia.
To assist the transition of the more complex clients and provide support RNA has developed the interstate transfer template so that refugee health nurses aware of clients who are moving can notify the lead nurse in the receiving state/ territory refugee health service so that they can refer the individual/ family for ongoing support.
Referral with the interstate transfer template should only be done with the informed consent of the individual/ family who are moving and should not include client medical records which will only be forwarded after a signed ‘consent for release of information’ has been received from the new health care provider.
Refugee Nurses of Australia: Terms of Reference
Provide a forum for discussion of professional, strategic and contemporary issues for nurses who work with people with a refugee background
- Provide a forum for exchange of information and resources between refugee health nurses and other relevant stakeholders across Australia.
- Promote best practice in refugee health nursing through quality improvements, professional practice and evidenced based research
- Provide leadership in the development of a national refugee health nurse clinical practice framework including scope of practice, credentialing and models of care
- Advocate for refugee and asylum seeker issues
Elections held bi-annually.
Nurses who work with people with a refugee background
RNA will be a standing agenda item on National RHeaNA teleconference
A quorum will exist of 50% of states/ territories + one
Quarterly via GoTo webinar
To be held two weeks prior to every national RHeaNA teleconference
Annual executive committee face-to face
Agenda and Minutes
The agenda will be disseminated five working days prior to the meeting
Agenda items, briefly outlining issue/background associated with the agenda item are to be submitted to the Chairperson (SE) not less than one week prior to the next meeting
Minutes will be disseminated within ten workings days
Minutes will record the general discussion, agreed actions and outcomes. The original signed and saved in the RNA drop box
Australian College of Nurses
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association
Refugee Health Network of Australia
TBC state and territory nursing industrial organisations
Review TOR February 2018