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New Brisbane Clinic to cater for refugees

Brisbane's Mater Health Service today opens Australia's first community health clinic aimed at assisting asylum seekers and refugees.

The Queensland Integrated Refugee Community Health Clinic will provide integrated health services for refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian entrants to Australia. It has the backing of the Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma Inc.

Mater Hospitals' CEO Dr John O'Donnell said the clinic was a realisation of common goals by Mater Health Services and other key service providers to improve access to high quality, culturally sensitive health services for people whose refugee status may preclude them from obtaining free public health care.

"Nowhere else has a similar clinic been established, involving so many organisations and professional individuals committed to providing comprehensive health care support to refugees," he said.

Other reatures of the clinic's work include multi-disciplinary case management, education and information, training for health professionals in refugee health issues and referral to other support services.

Catholic Leader

Mater Hospitals

11 Oct 2002