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Refugee Health: culturally safe assessment and referral pathways

Tuesday, May 7 2024
6:00PM - 9:00PM (ACST)
313 Payneham Road, Royston Park South Australia 5070

Recommended For

GPs, Practice Managers & Nurses in the Adelaide Metropolitan Area.


Australia has a long history of providing resettlement for refugees and people displaced due to conflict, persecution, and human rights abuses. People from refugee background have often endured significant hardship with limited access to healthcare, education as well as food insecurity. Consequently, they are at risk of untreated and undiagnosed chronic disease, micronutrient deficiencies, infectious diseases not commonly seen in Australia, as well as psychosocial issues related to their migration history. General Practice plays an important role in undertaking post-arrival health assessments and providing ongoing healthcare. In this workshop you will gain a better understanding of refugee health assessment, trauma informed care, mental health screening and appropriate referral pathways.

Learning Outcomes

Explain the assessment of newly arrived refugees, and the most common presenting health concerns.
Identify important considerations to ensure culturally sensitive practice.
Describe culturally and linguistically appropriate resources and referral pathways.


6:30PM - 9:00PM (ACST)
Registration and dinner on arrival
6:00PM - 6:30PM (ACST)


Mehak Khandeparkar
Clinical Lead | Psychologist Specialist Mental Health Service for CALD communities
STTARS (survivors of Torture & Trauma Assistance & Rehabilitation Services)
Bridgit McAteer
Nurse City
STTARS (survivors of Torture & Trauma Assistance & Rehabilitation Services)
Dr Antonietta Maldari
GP Metro
Refugee Health Service

A cancellation fee of $44 will be charged via invoice for non-attendance at this event. To notify us of your inability to attend, please email events@ampheat.com.au by no later than 3 full business days prior to the event.  If your cancellation is inside 3 business days and unavoidable, please ensure you contact the event manager to discuss whether this fee can be waived for your circumstance.


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This fee is to cover administration, catering, venue and speaker costs.


Your notification of your inability to attend enables us to provide courtesy notification to speakers who are giving of their valuable time of a drop in attendance numbers. It may also enable us to give someone on a wait list your seat at the event. If we are notified in time to reduce catering numbers with a venue and not be charged, funding can be put towards future education events enabling us to offer more topics. Very low attendance numbers notified with enough notice may also enable us to re-schedule the event to a future date. For these reasons, please let us know with as much notice as possible if you cannot attend.

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Dr Rosanne Skalicky

Rural Generalist in Critical Care, Royal Flying Doctors SA

Dr Skalicky (often referred to as ‘Dr Rose’), is a senior Emergency Physician with extensive national and international experience. Having worked as an emergency physician in Tasmania, Queensland, and South Australia (RAH), Dr Rose headed overseas in 2009. With a passion for equitable access to healthcare and international development in EM, Dr Rose has spent the last decade working overseas in a fulltime capacity – remote NW Tanzania and most recently in Myanmar. In Myanmar, Dr Rose worked under the Ministry of Health developing acute emergency services and training nationally, which included a full-time teaching and clinical load. Having returned to Australia in early 2021 Dr Rose is currently employed by the RFDS as a Rural Generalist in Critical Care, working primarily out of Port Augusta.

Dr Roses’ professional interests include:

·Improving equity in health access
·Health care development of EM in low-middle income countries
·Capacity building of Health staff

When not at work Dr Rose enjoys caring for her family, reading, craft, and obviously seeing new places, and engaging with people from different cultures.