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Professional practice in refugee health

RNA webinar series 2021. Webinar 1: Working with Humanitarian Settlement Program arrivals in hotel quarantine

Webinar from 2nd September 2021 outlining models of care for newly arrived Humanitarian Settlement Program clients undertaking hotel quarantine:

Kath Desmyth (VIC): Statewide Refugee Health Coordinator

Meryl Jones (QLD): Nurse Unit Manager, Mater Refugee Health Service

RNA Forum 2021 Welcome and State/ Territory updates

Welcome and overview of the 2021 RNA Forum online with RNA Co-chairs Meryl Jones (QLD) and Jan Williams (SA).

Updates on refugee health nursing from the following States/ Territories:

  • 10:12 New South Wales – Sandy Eagar
  • 19:06 Victoria – Kath Desmyth
  • 27:57 Queensland – Heather Roberts
  • 33:47 South Australia – Jan Williams
  • 44:15 Northern Territory – Erin Plumb

RNA Forum 2021 : Feedback from break out rooms

Feedback from each of the breakout rooms from the 2021 RNA Forum online.

  • Education and Research – Erin Plumb (NT) and Kath Desmyth (VIC)
  • Advocacy – Sandy Eagar (NSW)
  • Future for RNA – Michele Greenwood (NSW)
  • Foundations for Practice – Leeanne Schmidt (QLD)

RNA Forum 2020 Part 5

The fifth and final presentations for RNA’s Forum 2020 featured presentations from regional NSW and the current RNA Chairperson.

Refugee Health – 2020 COVID challenges in a rural area

Michele Greenwood, CNC. Mid North Coast Local Health District NSW.

RNA Competency Framework – who are we?

Sandy Eagar, Nurse Manager NSW Refugee Health Service

RNA Forum 2020 Part 3: Health navigation and liaison services for people of refugee background.

The third webinar in RNA’s Forum 2020 series focused on health navigation and liaison and featured presentations by refugee health nurses from VIC and QLD discussing how their services support people of refugee background to better access the Australian healthcare system.

Nurse Navigation Refugee Health Project

Heather Roberts, CNC Vulnerable Communities, Darling Downs HHS, QLD

Refugee Health Nurse Liaison Position

Chiedza Malunga, Team Leader Monash Refugee Health and Wellbeing, Monash Health, VIC

RNA Forum 2020 Part 2: Models of refugee health nursing in primary care settings

GP Collaborative Model of Care Nyari Garakasha
Nyari Garakasha GP Collaborative Model of Care

The second webinar in RNA’s Forum 2020 series focused on refugee health nursing in primary care, with two presentations from refugee health nurses from QLD and NSW.

Capacity Building in Primary Care – what does it take? 

Meryl Jones, Nurse Unit Manager and Nancy Weatherford, Clinical Nurse with Mater Refugee Health Service, Brisbane QLD

GP Collaborative Model of Care

Nyari Garakasha, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Multicultural Health Service Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

What does advanced practice in refugee health nursing look like?

Merilyn Spratling, Refugee Health Nurse Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner at EACH Social and Community Health in Melbourne gives an overview of advanced practice in refugee health nursing. This presentation at the RNA Forum 2019 was the prelude to a workshop where attendees contributed to the development of a scope of practice for refugee health nurses in Australia, a body of work still currently in progress.

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The Humanitarian Settlement Program one year on

Each state and territory (except Northern Territory) reports on the challenges and opportunities in their region brought about by the change to the Humanitarian Settlement Program which commenced in November 2017.

Models of care


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Victorian Refugee Health Program (2015 )
Primary Health Branch Guidelines for the Refugee Health Nurse Program Updated October 2008
NSW Refugee Health Service (2013) Refugee Health Nurse Program: Information for General Practitioners and Other health Professionals.
Government of Victoria (2008) Primary Health Branch Guidelines for the Refugee Health Nurse,
Jacqui Robson, (2011) ‘EACH’ – Refugee Health Nurse Program evaluation project 2011 Victoria
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Refugee Health Nurse Standards of Practice

August 2018

Refugee Health Nurse Standards of Practice workshopped by RNA members at the first RNA National Forum in November 2017, and further developed by the Steering Committee of RNA, with support and assistance from Professor Liz Halcomb.

Best practice guidelines for immunising a person of refugee background in a primary care setting.

RNA webinar – May 2017

South Australian immunisation calculator

The South Australian immunisation calculator has been developed and designed for Australian children < 10 years of age.

Vitamin B12 deficiency in refugees

This article outlines important information for those working with populations of refugee background regarding testing, clinical manifestations and management of vitamin B12 deficiency.