Exploring Medicare ineligible Asylum Seeker’s Access to Health Care: A Scoping Study

Project Status

Chief investigators
Dr Zelalem Mengesha, Danielle Weber, Dr Patrick Haris, Dr Mitchell Smith, Dr Fiona Haigh, Professor Evelyne de Leeuw

Project Rationale

The projected was conceived from an existing partnership with the NSW Refugee Health Service to generate evidence on the use of health services by asylum seekers after the introduction of the revised ‘Medicare Ineligible Asylum Seekers - Provision of Specified Public Health Services’ policy.   

Project Aim/s

The study aims to examine the health care needs and care access experiences of Medicare ineligible asylum seekers in NSW.

Project Design and Method

This is scoping qualitative research involving face-to-face and phone interviews with asylum seekers and health care service workers in the SWSLHD.