Refugee Health

We are expanding our partnership work with Mater Health through two joint initiatives that focus on the health and wellbeing of Australia's refugee population.

We are funding a new Inaugural Refugee Health Fellow position. Dr Margaret Kay was appointed as the Inaugural St Vincent’s Refugee Health Fellow in July 2016. Dr Kay has worked for many years as a GP focusing on providing clinical support for the Mater Centre for Integrated Care and Innovation with the purpose of enhancing the health and wellbeing of Queensland’s refugee populations. She has been performing this role as a researcher, educator, and clinical lead of the Refugee Health Advisory Group and as a primary care clinician. 

We are also funding for the Refugee Health Community Advisory Group. The Group is now known as the ‘G11’ - a group of 11 Health Development Consultants drawn from diverse refugee backgrounds who are all regarded as leaders in their respective communities from South Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia, Somalia, Iraq, Syria Afghanistan and Myanmar. The group is a mechanism through which health services can have access to the voice of refugee communities. It also facilitates training and education of staff, participate in research projects and contribute to developing health literacy resources.

The two initiatives are further supported by Queensland Government funding of $100,000 per annum over three years as part of the Refugee Health and Wellbeing Policy and Action Plan

For more information contact our Mission Executive Michael Hart on 07 3240 1161 or