Cabrini introduce asylum seeker and refugee health hub

Cabrini logoCabrini is pleased to announce the development of an asylum seeker and refugee health hub located on the ground floor at 503 Sydney Road, Brunswick. Initial services will begin in May 2016 with GP clinics and specialist mental health services. Eventually the service will include chronic disease management, maternal and child health and infectious disease management, complemented with social, emotional and spiritual support. Clustering these services in one location will enhance access and facilitate a person-centred, integrated approach to primary and specialist care for this marginalised and vulnerable group.

Victoria has the one of the highest asylum seeker and refugee settlement numbers in Australia. Today many asylum seekers in our community have neither work rights nor access to government benefits such as Medicare, Centrelink, housing or emergency relief. The Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub will complement health services offered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne’s west and Monash Health in the southern suburbs. Medicare-ineligible asylum seekers will be given priority access to our services at no charge.

In partnership with community

We believe that working collaboratively is the most effective way to address disadvantage and will lead to the best health outcomes for the people we want to serve. Our model of care is based on strong partnerships with public and private hospitals, community health agencies, asylum seeker/refugee services, businesses with similar values and others who want to make a difference to the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. We are grateful to the many agencies who have supported the concept and look forward to others joining with us over time to enhance our capacity.

Why is Cabrini leading this project?

Cabrini is Catholic, charitable organisation sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrini Sisters). We are committed to reaching out to meet unmet need as a living expression of God’s love for all people. Asylum seekers and refugees demand special attention for Cabrini organisations around the world. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, founder of the Cabrini Sisters, was proclaimed the Patron Saint of Immigrants because of her lifetime’s work with immigrants initially in the USA and then throughout Latin America. The Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub is our latest endeavour to address this growing need in our community. It will be launched in April 2016 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the canonisation of our Saint.

How can you help?

Cabrini is committed to making a difference to the disadvantage faced by asylum seekers. If you would like to learn more or contribute to its development please contact Cath Garner, Executive Director Mission and Strategy, ph (03) 9508 1222 or cgarner@cabrini.com.au