Dec 13th 2019

Quota Refugee Health Services Model from July 2020

The New Zealand government announced in September 2018 an increase in the annual refugee quota to 1,500 from July 2020. As a result of this quota increase, the delivery of government funded health services for quota refugees will change from July 2020.

Key changes identified include:

  • Health screening and immunisations will be moved offshore
  • Refugees offered assistance (including funding) to access healthcare services offshore if they have health conditions which would worsen while waiting for their departure
  • Formalised Pre-Departure Health Check, including TB screening for children
  • Primary care style service at MRRC (replacing screening service)
  • Increased focus on oral health, audiology and optometry services at MRRC
  • Increased focus on early interaction with primary care and the need for equitable to health services
  • Mental health screening at three different stages
  • Translated health education info sheets at all stages
  • New ‘Refugee Health Liaison Team’ – Immigration NZ

More information can be found on the NZ immigration webpage

Immigration NZ: Refugee Health Liaison Team Positions

For the National Refugee Quota Increase Programme (RQIP), NZ Immigration have advertised the following positions on the Seek.co.nz website:

Closing date for applications is 23 Dec 2019.

Quota Refugee Health Services Model from July 2020