Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN) congratulates the G21 Refugee and Asylum Seeker Mental Health Partnership on being the proud recipients of a $30,000 grant from Give Where You Live.

“Western Victoria PHN were pleased to support and jointly sign the submission for this grant as part of our charter of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes,” said Leanne Beagley, Chief Executive Officer Western Victoria PHN.

“This grant will go toward supporting the provision of culturally appropriate mental health services to the refugee and asylum seeker community in our region,” said Leanne.

Western Victoria PHN is a member of the G21 partnership with Diversitat, Barwon Health, Catholic Care and Barwon Child Youth & Family, which meets each month to work collaboratively on the strategic direction and care of this vulnerable group of people in our community.

“We are invested and working closely with refugee and asylum seeker health care service providers to improve referral pathways, service coordination and capacity building.

“Consulting with refugees and asylum seekers is critical to designing a culturally appropriate and inclusive health system,” said Leanne.

Governance Group Members include: G21 Geelong Region Alliance, Diversitat, Barwon Health, Barwon Child, Youth and Family, Catholic Care and Western Victoria PHN.

“We look forward to continuing to work with these member organisations in the future to improve the health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers in our community,” said Leanne.

Western Victoria has developed a page of resources on its website covering tools for delivery of care in general practice, interpreting services guides and resources, useful links for GPs and other health service providers working with people from refugee backgrounds as well as the provision of supportive contacts and resources.

Contact: Helen Kostiuk, Communications, Western Victoria PHN, 03 5222 0859 or 0413 754 606.

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