Celebrating Refugee Week

This week is Refugee Week across Australia, a week to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the valuable contribution refugees make to our community.

It’s also an important opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding work done by Monash Health Refugee Health and Wellbeing team every day across our multiple campuses.

Here at Monash Health, we have a long-standing commitment to improving the health of asylum seekers and refugees.

Our catchment includes some of the largest communities of people from refugee backgrounds in Victoria. We cover comprehensive primary care and tertiary services, including infectious diseases, paediatrics, and psychiatry.

“Unfortunately, this year we can’t all come together to celebrate the week, however, it is fitting that the theme for this year is 2020 year of the welcome. The theme aims to promote harmony and togetherness in our community at this difficult time. I encourage you to visit the Refugee week website and use some of the resources on there to learn more about the challenges refugees and asylum seekers in our community face,” said Jacqui McBride Manager of Monash Health Refugee Health and Wellbeing.

We asked some of Monash Health’s Refugee health and wellbeing team what this week means to them:

As a mental health nurse I take pride in supporting asylum seeker and refugee patients to enhance quality of health care. Beauty Mate, Refugee Health Psychiatry Liaison Nurse

Refugee week is a time to educate myself and reflect on how to best continue providing culturally appropriate care and celebrate the diversity in clinical practice people from all over the world bring to my daily work. Shegofa Hazara, Refugee Health Nurse

For me, Refugee Week means stopping and taking some time out of my busy schedule to reflect on what is means to be Australian. Words that come to mind: welcoming, inclusive, diverse and generous. I find these values essential to the privileged life I live in Australia, and strengthened through the events and narratives that refugee week reminds us to pause and celebrate. Mark Timlin, Refugee Health Fellow 

Please note: Below images of our Refugee Health and Wellbeing team taken in 2019, prior to social distancing advice. 


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