About the Hub
The Asylum Seeker & Refugee Health Hub (The Hub) was established in 2016 to provide comprehensive primary health care and specialist mental health services to people seeking asylum who are Medicare-ineligible or who have Medicare but no income.
The Hub primary health care clinic is nurse-led, works in partnership with other asylum seeker agencies, and coordinates care and referrals to community health and specialist services (e.g. dental, optometry, allied health, infectious diseases & paediatrics).
We work within a holistic care model to provide specialist mental health care to our clients with mental health needs through pro bono psychiatry, a mental health social worker and psychologists in our integrated specialist mental health service.
The Hub relies on a mix of employed and pro bono staff to provide quality primary and specialist mental health care.
|General Enquiries||Ph: (03) 8388 7874
F: (03) 9380 8760
|Operating Hours||Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm|
|Referral||>> Download primary health referral form >> Download mental health referral form|
|Downloads||>> Download our brochure|
The Hub welcomes people seeking asylum who do not have a Medicare Card or who have a Medicare Card but receive no income.
All services provided at the Hub will be of no charge to the client:
- Medicare ineligible clients will receive free service
- Medicare eligible clients will be bulk billed (clients will need to present their Medicare card)
Nurse-led Primary Care Clinic
The Hub offers a nurse-led clinic. There is a nurse available every day to provide care and support. The nurses undertake a refugee health assessment with all clients and offer ongoing care, referrals and support. The following services are also provided:
- General Practitioners (GP) - Doctors: There are GPs available at the Hub. They donate their time and expertise to provide refugee health assessments and ongoing medical care.
- Immunisation: Free immunisations are available to all clients.
- Pathology: Blood tests are taken at the Hub by our nurses and pathology is provided by St Vincent’s Hospital.
- Medical imaging: Ultrasound, x-ray and other radiology services are provided by St Vincent’s Hospital.
- Pharmacy: The Hub works with Brunswick Pharmacy to assist eligible clients with their medications. This needs to be arranged by our nurses.
Specialist Mental Health Service
The Hub’s specialist mental health service provides multi-disciplinary care for clients with mental health needs, including triage, psychiatric assessment and management, therapeutic intervention, counselling, referrals and ongoing support. This includes the following services:
- Psychiatry: Psychiatry consultants and registrars run clinics each week at the Hub. To use this service you must be referred by a GP.
- Counselling: Psychologists and mental health clinicians are available to provide ongoing therapeutic intervention.
- Care Coordination: referral, ongoing support and mental health care coordination is provided by our mental health clinicians as necessary.
- Secondary Consultation: secondary consultation to mental health clinicians, general practitioners and other health professionals working with people seeking asylum (click here for more information).
|Tracey Cabrie||General Manager|
|Dr Tram Nguyen||Medical Director – Specialist Mental Health Service|
|Dr Debbie Hocking||Research Fellow/Clinical Psychologist|
|Giam D’Amico||Mental Health Clinician|
|Nicholas Mueller||Team Leader - Mental Health Clinician|
|Cristina Scarmozzino||Mental Health Clinician|
|Maymun Mohamud||Practice Nurse|
|Maria Terzoglou||Team Leader - Admin|
|Nicola Steele||Team Leader - Practice Nurse|
|Dr Patricia Hough||Acting Medical Director|
|Claire Newbegin||Project Officer|
|Louise Wilson||Practice Nurse|
|Om Guragai||Practice Nurse|
|Dr Natasha Rabbidge||GP|
>> RCH Immigrant Health Service
>> Victorian Refugee Health Network
>> North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network
>> Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
>> Refugee Council of Australia
>> Centre for Ethnicity and Health