Refugee Mental Health

Refugee & Asylum Seeker Mental Health

Refugee Mental HealthOverview

The Integrated Mental Health Services for Asylum Seekers and Refugees Project commenced in September 2013.  The project sought to promote cross-sector integration and promote equitable access to, and participation in the mainstream mental health system.

The project was implemented by a partnership resourced through HealthWest. The partner agencies  represent the adult public mental health sector, settlement services, specialist refugee health services and a range of health and community services organisations working in the local area. This partnership now operates as the Refugee & Asylum Seeker Mental Health Working Group under the auspice of the Mid West Area Mental Health Alliance.

HealthWest actively participates in and supports the activities of the working group.

In 2016 HealthWest received a small grant to  continue enhancing the work of the public mental health service system in Melbourne’s west. The existing working group functioned as the advisory group.

Resources and previous work