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Established in 2002, the Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic (MRCCC) is a Mater mission driven initiative that has made a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and people from refugee backgrounds in Brisbane. People from refugee backgrounds with complex health needs, may have difficulty accessing and navigating health services within general practice. In addition, asylum seekers without Medicare will face financial barriers to accessing health care.
The MRCCC offers specialised primary health care including complex case management, treatment and specialist referral when appropriate. The service does not provide ongoing primary health care and will liaise with community GPs to ensure ongoing primary care needs are met. Asylum seekers without Medicare who are not able to access a community general practice are offered ongoing care.
The clinic offers long appointments, using accredited interpreting services with all patients and liaises with settlement agencies, community organisations and relevant services provided by Mater Health Services. GPs working at the clinic have specialist skills and interest in refugee health. The clinic also offers a fortnightly paediatric clinic and other specialist clinics are sometimes offered, on a needs basis.
Refer to Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic for further information.
The clinic provides specialised primary health care to any person with a refugee experience with complex health needs, including permanent visa holders, asylum seekers and those without access to Medicare.
Patients may be referred to the MRCCC by General Practitioners, other health care providers, community organisations or patients themselves.
GPs - download the Outpatient Clinical Referral Form and select 'Mater Refugee Care Clinic' under 'Other'.
NOTE: This form can be used to refer adults and children under 16 years for GP complex case management at MRCCC.
Community Providers - download the Referral Form and post to: MRCCC, Mater Health Services, Raymond Terrace, South Brisbane, Qld or Fax to 07 3163 8455 or email email@example.com.
For further information contact the MRCCC on 07 3163 2880 or Refugee Health Connect 07 3864 7580.
A refugee paediatric clinic is offered on a sessional basis (fortnightly) at MRCCC. Referrals can be made to Dr David Levitt at MRCCC by referral letter from a General Practitioner. Please fax referrals to 07 3163 8455.
Level 4, Salmon Building
South Brisbane 4101
MRCCC provides short term specialised primary care to people from refugee backgrounds with complex health needs and ongoing care to Medicare ineligible asylum seekers. The South Brisbane based clinic is currently looking to recruit General Practitioners with an interest in caring for refugees and asylum seekers to work on a sessional basis. This is a unique opportunity for practitioners to work in a fully supported refugee focused environment with nursing and administrative staff that have a wealth of experience in delivering effective care to refugees. We offer longer appointments with pre-booked accredited interpreters to all patients.
If you are interested in working with refugees and asylum seekers or would like further information please contact Dr Rebecca Farley, Senior Medical Officer or Chris Allotta, Clinical Nurse Consultant by telephone (07) 3163 2880 or by email at Rebecca.Farley@mater.org.au.
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