WESTERN Victoria Primary Health network (PHN) has congratulated the G21 refugee and Asylum seeker Mental Health Partnership on being the proud recipients of a $30,000 grant from Give Where You Live.

Network chief executive officer Leanne Beagley said the PHN was pleased to support and jointly sign the submission for the grant as part of its charter of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes.

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

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,” Ms Beagley said.

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

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,” Ms Beagley said.

Western Victoria PHN 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.

Head to westvicphn.com.au.