Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health

South eastern Melbourne is a principle site for refugee and asylum seeker resettlement in Australia with approximately 20,000 people from refugee and asylum seekers backgrounds living in the City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey. In recent years the region has seen a steady increase in the number of people arriving, particularly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka. This population has unique and complex health needs as a result of their experiences. A coordinated approach that responds to these needs and can adapt to changing circumstances is therefore required for this population to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
enliven will work closely with local primary health care providers, settlement and humanitarian services and the community to improve access to quality primary health care and social supports for refugees and asylum seekers. enliven will support the continued work of the Refugee Health & Asylum Seeker Health Alliance. enliven’s focus is how to best add value working in partnership without duplicating effort. We see this as a logical local partnership and this work will be a high priority for enliven.
Project Status
In 2016, enliven was successful in receiving grant funding from the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) and South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN) to support this vision. Working with our partners, stakeholders and the community, enliven continues to focus these funds on building the capacity of the local Afghan and Tamil communities. enliven-trained volunteers reach the community in local settings, supporting them to understand health, mental health and how to access local health services and supports. 
The co-design approach involves regular consultations with community leaders and members as well as local stakeholders. enliven looks forward to continuing to work with the volunteers in promoting their development and building their capacity as champions for health in their community. 
On Thursday 17 August 2017, enliven hosted a volunteer celebration event at City of Greater Dandenong Council Chambers. Volunteers were awarded for their ongoing dedication and work by Gabrielle Williams (MP) in front of their families, community members and local stakeholders. 
Want to know more about these projects?
Contact our Health Promotion Project Manager: or call 9791 1768



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