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Healthcare providers build bridges to better refugee health

11 August 2017

A report into the health needs of Syrian and Iraqi refugees and asylum seekers has highlighted that primary healthcare professionals have an important role in improving refugees access and utilisation of health services.

Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN), commissioned Western Sydney University to undertake research to identify the health needs and priorities of the Syrian and Iraqi communities and assess them against existing services in the region.

The report, “Addressing the Needs of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees in the Nepean Blue Mountains Region” found that Iraqi and Syrian refugees have difficulties in accessing healthcare due to language barriers, the lack of interpreters, unfamiliarity with the health system, distrust of government services, transportation problems and long waiting times.

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