Refugee Health Nurse Programs
The Australian Refugee and New Arrival Program (ARANAP) is an innovative program which is run in partnership with the Australian Refugee Association and funded by the Adelaide Primary Health Network to address some of the barriers that people from refugee backgrounds face in accessing primary health care services. The program works both to help individuals to overcome barriers in accessing primary healthcare services and also works with primary health care providers to increase their capacity to provide support to people from refugee backgrounds.
The ARANAP program is targeted at people from refugee backgrounds living within the broad Adelaide region who are within their first 5 years in Australia.
A referral form is available on both STTARS and ARA websites and referrals are triaged by the Refugee Health Nurse at STTARS. Referrals may be made by anyone.
STTARS' Refugee Nurse/Advocates conduct health assessments to identify unmet primary health care needs and then link clients to the appropriate services. Where necessary the nurse accompanies the client to initial appointments to provide support and advocacy.
STTARS' Refugee Nurse/Advocates work closely with ARA Bicultural Support Workers who play a vital role in bridging cultural understanding between the health and related systems in Australia and those the client may have encountered in their country of origin.
Accompanying clients to appointments provides an opportunity for Refugee Nurse/Advocates to form relationships to open the door for capacity-building activities with health care providers. This work is supported by resources such as the “Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide; Primary care for people from refugee backgrounds” booklet and the refugeehealthguide.org.au website. The South Australian page on the website is maintained by STTARS' Refugee Health Nurses.