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Policy and service delivery

Refugee health nursing in regional Australia

With the Australian Government increasing the number of refugees being settled in regional Australia under the Humanitarian Settlement Program, RNA has a role in ensuring that nurses working in refugee health in regional areas are connected and supported. To work towards this aim, a panel discussion on Refugee Health Nursing in regional Australia was hosted at the RNA Forum 2019 – contributing panellists were Leanne Smedley (Refugee Health Nurse from Gateway Health in Wodonga, VIC), Michele Greenwood (Refugee/ Multicultural Health Nurse at the Refugee Health Clinic in Coffs Harbour NSW), Leeanne Schmidt (Clinical Nurse Consultant from the Metro South Refugee Health Service covering Logan/ Ipswich and Gold Coast, QLD) and Casey Hiscock (Community Refugee Health Nurse from West Wimmera Health Service, VIC).

You can watch the video of the discussion or listen to it as audio via the button below.

 

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. 

Refugee Nurses of Australia: Terms of Reference

Aims

Provide a forum for discussion of professional, strategic and contemporary issues for nurses who work with people with a refugee background


Objectives

  1. Provide a forum for exchange of information and resources between refugee health nurses and other relevant stakeholders across Australia.
  2. Promote best practice in refugee health nursing through quality improvements, professional practice and evidenced based research
  3. Provide leadership in the development of a national refugee health nurse clinical practice framework including scope of practice, credentialing and models of care
  4. Advocate for refugee and asylum seeker issues

Chair

Sandy Eagar

Secretariat

Leeanne Schmidt

Office Holders

Elections held bi-annually.

Membership

Nurses who work with people with a refugee background


Communication

RNA will be a standing agenda item on National RHeaNA teleconference


Quorum

A quorum will exist of 50% of states/ territories + one


Meeting frequency

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


Affiliations

Australian College of Nurses

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association

Refugee Health Network of Australia

TBC state and territory nursing industrial organisations


Review Date

Review TOR February 2018


Executive Committee

Initials

Name

State

KD

Kath Desmyth

 

VIC

MS

Merilyn Spratling

VIC

SE

Sandy Eagar

NSW

MG

Michelle Greenwood

NSW

JW

Jan Williams

SA

LS

Leeanne Schmidt

QLD

MJ

Meryl Jones

QLD

SA

Scott Andrews

 

NT

ME

Megan Enright

ACT

LL

Lou Leol

TAS

LJ

Lance Jarvis

WA