G21 region works towards improving pathways to mental health services for refugees & asylum seekers

In response to the finding and recommendations of the Refugee & Asylum Seeker Health Mapping Project (RASHMAP) 2014, the G21 Health & Wellbeing Pillar are working with partnering organisations, to identify challenges in the Mental Health System regarding the care and outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the G21 Region.

Partnering organisations include:

  • Diversitat,
  • Western Victoria Primary Health Network,
  • CatholicCare
  • Barwon, Child Youth and Family and
  • Barwon Health  

Significant work has been undertaken to develop a shared understand of the complexities of providing mental health services for people from a refugee and asylum seekers background.   

Due to the growing momentum of collaborative work with partner agencies to address the challenges experienced by refugees and asylum seekers, a series of mapping workshops facilitated through Deakin University's (World Health Organisation Global Obesity Centre) and supported by Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Service (VTMH) were recently held.  These workshops brought service providers from across the region together, to use a Systems Thinking Approach to explore the strengths, gaps, barriers, blockages and capacity, currently being experienced within the system.  A summary report of these workshop is now available on the website click here.

Partner organisations have since identified and prioritised opportunities to work collaboratively on leverage points within this complex system and are committed to improving mental health pathways for refugee and asylum seekers living in the G21 region.