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
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