Monash Health Refugee Health and Wellbeing provides a tertiary referral medical service for adults aged 17 years and over presenting with a range of health issues including:

• Latent TB infection
• Chronic viral hepatitis (B and C)
• Other infectious diseases
• Chronic medical conditions

The adult infectious diseases and internal medicine 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 medical care. The primary focus is infectious diseases, but other medical conditions and diagnostic problems can be addressed. If more specialised investigation or management is required, patients may be referred to sub-specialty clinical services elsewhere in Monash Health.

Referrals will be accepted from a treating GP/doctor and triaged weekly by the physician 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’
  • Immunisation status including catch up immunisation schedule if in place
  • Copies of pathology and screening results, including:
  • Full blood count/film
  • Liver function tests
  • Iron, Vitamin D, Calcium, Phosphate, and Vitamin B12
  • Folate (if there are nutritional or developmental concerns)
  • Mantoux test/QuantiFERON Gold®
  • Malaria screen
  • Hepatitis B serology (HBsAg, HBsAb, HBcAb)
  • Hepatitis C serology (HCV antibodies)
  • Schistosoma and Strongyloides serology (faecal specimen)
  • STI screen (N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis, urine nucleic acid detection, syphilis serology, HIV serology)
  • Chest X-ray
  • Details of any treatment commenced and current medication