Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health

Strategic Priority: Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing


Diversitat, Barwon Health, Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN), Barwon Child Youth and Family, Catholic Care and the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar.

Key documents


The Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Mapping Project (RASHMAP) identified the need for collaborative action to improve health outcomes for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Geelong region. The current focus of this collaborative is on the mental health system with the goal of improving the experience, quality of care and outcomes for refugees and asylum seekers engaging with the mental health system in the Barwon Region.

The 2018 – 2019 action plan is based primarily on recommendations from a consumer co-design project, Working With Us – For Us. The project used an Experience Based Co Design (EBCD) approach with consumers which identified barriers to prioritize as well as a number of recommendations.

G21 Health and Wellbeing Director’s Update (July 2019) - click here

The 2018-2019 RAS MP Action Plan is in full swing, with the development of a Communities of Practice for health professionals working with Refugee and Asylum seekers. The action plan includes key actions such as co-location of different organisational staff, and engagement with first responders, emergency staff and police.

Feedback was provided to the co-design participants of the project that was completed in 2018. Participants were delighted to recognise their part in the project is resulting in systems change, and improved experiences and outcomes for Refugee and Asylum Seekers.

For further details about this initiative, please contact the G21 Health and Wellbeing team. Contact us.

This page was updated by G21 HWB team on 1/7/19