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Health Serv Manage Res. 2003 Aug;16(3):141-6.

Re-visioning refugee health: the Victorian Immigrant Health Programme.

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Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Australia.


Few published data are available to support the development and management of health services for refugees in developed countries, despite evidence that refugees are at high risk of suffering a wide range of both physical and mental health problems. Meeting the health needs of increasing numbers of refugees worldwide in culturally acceptable and financially feasible ways is a key challenge to our healthcare systems. This paper reports on seven platforms identified in the development of the Victorian Immigrant Health Programme (VIHP) that the VIHP believes should underpin the management and delivery of healthcare to newly arrived refugees. Sharing this information facilitates and promotes essential collaborative work in the field of refugee health, and assists to prevent duplicate efforts, given constraints on resources for refugee healthcare provision in Australia and elsewhere.

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