Cabrini Outreach is already providing health care to people seeking asylum around the north of Melbourne. Now, we are asking for your help to provide similar health services in regional Victoria, where there is an identified, urgent need.
A needs assessment conducted by Cabrini Outreach in regional Victoria showed that there is a drastic shortage of primary health care services for people seeking asylum, which is why we are establishing a new primary health service in Shepparton.
The new Shepparton health service will provide a GP, primary care nurse and essential medications for people who have no other means to access vital health services.
In our new fundraising appeal, Regional psychosocial support worker Ali says of the clients he sees “They don't have work rights... so they are afraid to go to the doctor... They're afraid it will cost money and they don't have money to pay for this... So they try to tolerate the pain until their condition becomes more severe.”
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Left untreated many of the health issues they are experiencing can lead to serious health complications.
Many people seeking asylum have already gone through trauma due to persecution or conflict in their countries of origin. So they often struggle with depression, PTSD and other mental health conditions in addition to day-to-day primary health issues.
The fact is, a drastic shortage of primary health care services for people seeking asylum exists in regional Victoria. But thanks to caring people like you, it doesn’t have to be this way.
You can help people in regional Victoria who have no other avenue for support by making a tax-deductible donation today.