Monash Health Refugee Health and Wellbeing provides a paediatric tertiary referral medical service for children aged 0-17 years presenting with a range of health issues including:
- General and developmental / behavioural paediatrics
- Latent TB infection
- Infectious diseases
- Vitamin D deficiency – providing vitamin D (as vitamin D3 100,000IU/ml in olive oil) to vitamin D deficient children (‘stoss dosing’)
The paediatric clinic is part of the integrated refugee health service located at 122 Thomas Street, Dandenong, and as such patients have access to the broader refugee health team.
The clinic is for asylum seeker and refugee patients who require non-urgent paediatric care. Please note, paediatric subspecialty referrals should be forwarded directly to the relevant unit.
Referrals will be accepted from a treating GP / doctor and triaged weekly by the Paediatrician and Refugee Health Nurse allocated to the clinic. In order to assist with triage and ensure timely access to care, we request that all referrals are accompanied by:
- Completed ‘GP Referral Form’
- Immunization status, including catch up immunization schedule if in place
- Copies of pathology results including; Full blood count / film, ALP, Ferritin, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium, B12/Folate*, Phosphate, Mantoux test, Malaria screen, Hepatitis B serology (HBsAg, HBsAb, HBcAb), Hepatitis C serology (HCV antibodies), Schistosoma serology, Strongyloides serology (faecal specimen), STI screen**
*If there are nutritional or developmental concerns
**(N. gonorrhoea and C. Trachomatis, urine nucleic acid detection, syphilis serology, HIV serology in sexually active adolescents, or history of sexual violence, or if positive syphilis/HIV
serology in their mother/father)
- Details of any treatment commenced