Authors: Mitchell Smith and Jennifer Martinez, NSW
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: PRIMARY CARE,REFUGEE, Pre-departure Health Screening
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Pre-departure medical screening for refugee and humanitarian entrants to Australia was first introduced in 2005 in some source countries/camps, and has been progressively rolled out to several other areas. The check generates an electronic "health manifest", which documents any conditions requiring follow-up and any interventions given just pre-departure. Certain conditions generate a "health alert" or flag, indicting more immediate follow-up as being needed after arrival.This paper summarises the findings from all manifests relating to entrants to NSW in the two years 2007 and 2008, including conditions identified and reasons for so-called health alerts. It reflects on the impact of the medical screen, and the benefits and downsides of the health manifests themselves.