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North Western Melbourne PHN – Supporting people affected by the current crisis in the Middle East

This session will provide GPs and primary care providers with key information on clinical considerations and impacts of trauma for refugees.


Information and frameworks on trauma-informed practice responses for new arrivals and the community will be provided by representatives from the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House), the Australian Islamic Medical Association, cohealth, and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

There will also be updates on clinical context and considerations for the new arrivals from the conflict in the Middle East (occupied territories and Israel).

Session is co-facilitated by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network and the Foundation House.

The Foundation House is Victoria’s primary specialist service providing therapeutic services, advocacy and capacity building to support people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum and other forced-displaced peoples.

In addition, the Foundation House support capacity building initiatives across a range of sectors in response to the arrival of people displaced by the conflict in the Middle East.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain current responses, visa conditions and health access for newly arrived people affected by the current crisis
  • Summarise the impact of traumatic experiences in the refugee context and describe how clinicians work with people of a refugee background
  • Demonstrate trauma-informed practice responses to use with patients of a refugee background
  • Identify the components of medical screening involved in the refugee health assessment
  • Describe resources and online tools involved in refugee and asylum seeker health