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Refugee Women as Health Leaders





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Mater Foundation supports individuals and families disadvantaged by health or social circumstances in the Brisbane region.

Each year, approximately 2,000 refugees arrive in Brisbane. The health and wellbeing of people of a refugee background is a crucial part of their successful settlement, but sadly, health outcomes among refugee communities in Australia are typically poor. The complexity of a refugee's health care needs often stems from experiences of war-related trauma, torture or long term settlement in refugee camps with a lack of health care.

To help address this need, nib foundation has supported the establishment of the Mater's Refugee Women as Health Leaders Program that will train eight refugee women as skilled health leaders to act as health conduits between refugees and the health system.

The women will provide additional community-based advice and health literacy support within their own communities to improve health literacy and enhance access to basic health services.

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