Each year, some 4,000 people who have
experienced persecution or other serious human rights abuses settle in New South
Wales. Common refugee experiences include torture, war or civil unrest, the loss
of family and friends through violence, and prolonged periods of deprivation.
These experiences can have major implications on health status and the delivery
of health care.
The NSW Refugee Health Service was set up by the NSW Department of Health in
1999 to help meet some of these challenges. We aim to promote the health of
people from a refugee background living in NSW by assisting refugees, and the
health professionals who work with them.