International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) - Asylum Seekers
An increasing number of detainees at the Christmas Island detention centre have been given permission to reside in Victorian under the Community Detention Program (CDP).
Detainees under this program do not have access to Medicare and are among the most disadvantaged people living in Victoria.
Access to essential healthcare services on behalf of the Department of Health is coordinated by the International Health and Medical Services (IHMS).
IHMS have subcontracted a network of providers, including the Dianella General Practice, to facilitate access to health assessments, diagnostics and other follow-up services for the detainees.
The majority of detainees under this program are clients of AMES (Australian Migrant Employment Services) who allocate a case worker for the client.
The case worker engages with clinical services, coordinates interpreters and schedules transport to and from appointments.
Clinics (by appointment only) are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays (mornings only) and appointments are made by the client's caseworker. Client's are prioritised in accordance with clinical triage.
Due to the high demand for this service, we ask case workers to:
- attend with their client
- arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment
- ring the practice if experiencing any delays in arriving at the clinic
Queries regarding this program or to speak to a caseworker please contact IHMS Community Detention Program on 1800 725 518
For more information, refer to the Asylum Seeker Fact Sheet on the Victorian Refugee Health Network website www.refugeehealthnetwork.org.au