Refugee health – collaborating for better outcomes

Delivering appropriate health care to refugees and asylum seekers is a complex and difficult challenge. However, there is great work being done in this field, and the latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice highlights ways we can improve the health and wellbeing of refugees settling in Australia. At the heart of this lies collaboration – countries, governments, health services and practitioners working together with relationships based on trust, communication and a common goal.

Papers in this issue include research on the experiences of asylum seeker patients living in the community; a perspective that describes the urgent need for more integrated health services for refugees; and an interview with Professor Peter Shergold, the Coordinator General for Refugee Resettlement in NSW, who identifies priorities for the successful settlement of refugees in Australia.

Non-themed papers look at the increasing problem of violence-related injuries among paramedics in Australia and harms due to psychostimulants in an inner-city hospital in Sydney, NSW.

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