Refugee Nutrition Program
RHS’ Dietetic Clinic provides limited dietetics assessment, support, and education to children aged 6-18 years from a refugee background who have limited access to other public dietetics services.
Clinics are run by a dietitian and clients can be seen at Liverpool and Fairfield sites, capacity however, is limited.
RHS dietetic referrals are accepted from dietitians, nurses, doctors, other health professionals, schools, and community workers. If you think a client requires a referral for nutrition assessment or advice please refer to your local hospital (Dietetic Department), community dietitian, or RHS dietitian.
RHS dietetic referrals: by email SWSLHD-RHSReferrals@health.nsw.gov.au
RHS dietitian can provide education sessions to refugee community groups, professional development to service providers, and lectures to university students.
RHS developed The Fairfield Refugee Nutrition Program (FRNP) in 2007, to address nutrition and food security issues among recently settled refugee children and their families. The FRNP was funded by the Department of Social Services through the Communities for Children, an Australian government initiative. It was delivered within the Fairfield Local Government Area in Sydney until June 2015.
Developed in response to a needs assessment conducted by RHS in 2006, the FRNP had a strong focus on culturally specific nutrition education, and cooking healthy traditional meals. It was delivered over an 8 week period by a dietitian and a Bilingual Community Educator (BCE). The program encouraged community members to have input in the planning of the sessions, to ensure it met their needs and supported a strength based approach. BCE’s were essential for language support, cultural contextualisation, and community engagement.
In 2013 RHS also developed the successful Kids in the Kitchen program; a free school holiday program for children aged 6-12 years from a refugee background. It provided the opportunity for children to learn new skills, cook in a team, meet others with similar experiences, share a healthy meal and enjoy structured physical activity. The one-day program was attended by 30-40 children each day, with approximately 120 children attending each school holidays. It was run in Fairfield, Sydney.
A video of the program was made and can be viewed via the image link below.
From 2015 the Fairfield Refugee Nutrition Program and the Kids in the Kitchen was transferred to the NGO “Promoting Healthy Outcomes for Refugees Inc” (PHOR).