The NSW Refugee Health Service - improving refugee access to primary care

Aust Fam Physician. 2012 Mar;41(3):147-9.


People of refugee background living in Australia can have significant physical and emotional healthcare needs. However, their ability to access mainstream health services, including general practitioners, may be limited by factors such as lack of familiarity with the health system, language and cultural barriers, and cost. There are a number of ways in which GPs can be involved and various sources of support available. With minor modifications to practice logistics and consultations, GPs can provide beneficial and rewarding healthcare for this disadvantaged group of families and individuals.

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • New South Wales
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Refugees*