Health needs

Individuals with refugee status in New Zealand are eligible for publicly funded health services.

Excerpt from the Health and Disability Services Eligibility Direction 2011 (page 6):

B10 Refugee

A person is eligible to receive services funded under the Act if the person is—

  1. recognised as a refugee under the Immigration Act 2009; or
  2. in the process of having a claim for recognition as a refugee determined by a refugee and protection officer; or
  3. in the process of having an appeal for recognition as a refugee determined by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal.

In this section

  • Information on the physical health needs of migrants and refugees, including the Refugee Health Care handbook, assessment for immunisations, resources on female genital mutilation, and reports on the health needs of various ethnicities. Read more
  • Resources for health practitioners working in refugee mental health, including the Refugee Health Care handbook and links to other guides and research. Read more
  • Public health resources on refugee health status, including the Auckland Regional Public Health Service’s website and links to other useful publications. Read more
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