The NSW Refugee Health Plan affirms NSW Health's commitment to meeting the health needs of people from refugee backgrounds. The Plan takes a culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based approach to support people from refugee backgrounds to be healthy, thriving members of NSW.

It identifies goals and commitments to support NSW Health services to guide, develop and inform local plans, including:

  • People from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds are able to access timely, culturally responsive, trauma-informed healthcare
  • People from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds are at the centre of their healthcare, supported by NSW Health partnering with patients and communities
  • NSW Health responds flexibly to meet new and emerging healthcare needs including by working collaboratively with other government agencies and non-government organisations
  • NSW Health seeks to address and reduce health inequalities experienced by people from refugee backgrounds
  • NSW Health adopts holistic approaches to healthcare, acknowledging people's life experience and family context, cultural background and spiritual beliefs, not just their presenting health conditions

The Plan commits NSW Health to address priorities including:

  • Effective communication in people's preferred language
  • Timely access to culturally responsive mainstream public healthcare services, such as mental and oral healthcare, particularly for people resettled in rural and regional locations
  • Efficient service navigation and care coordination
  • Targeted health promotion and health education.

 Plan overview and translations

A summary of the plan is available in:

File Size: 6196 kb
Type: Plan
Date of Publication: 01 December 2022
ISBN: 978-1-76023-298-6
SHPN: (HSP) 220734