Latest study highlights flawed Australian healthcare system for refugees and migrants

According to a new study published by researchers from Flinders University in Australia on Thursday draw attention to migrants and refugees, devoid of significant health services.

Based on the findings of the study, Primary Health Networks (PHNs) are not up to the standard in order to meet the demands of the migrants and refugees.

According to sources, the purpose of PHNs is to boost the efficiency and effectiveness of treatment for patients in Australia, especially those who face a greater risk of poor health outcomes.

Over the past decade, Australia has accepted 170,000 refugees and millions of migrants. 29 percent of the nation’s population was born overseas owning to records in 2018.

“Particularly in light of generally poorer health status of refugees and migrants, we found much more needs to be done for these groups,” commented Anna Ziersch from the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. Ziersch was also led study of 31 PHNs across Australia. The results concluded that more than half were not working with refugees and migrants at all.

“Regional primary health care organizations need long-term investment and organizational stability to build and maintain collaborations with migrant and refugee groups.

“In one part of the study, we found that more than half of the PHNs were not working in migrant and refugee health at all and that only 16% of PHN respondents said they had been ‘successful’ or ‘very successful’ in migrant and refugee health.

“Clearly public health service gaps for both refugees and migrants are not being adequately recognized and met,” she added.

In addition, the study drew attention to the language barriers faced by migrants seeking medical in Australia. Furthermore, consultant costs and hurdles while understanding Australia’s health systems were other major difficulties faced by the recent arrivals.

The study therefore prioritizes refugee health in population health planning, inclusion of migrants in PHN governance, and more flexible funding models.