Framework launched for Migrant and Refugee Women's Health
Today (27 Feb), Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership launched the Competency Standards Framework for Clinicians - Culturally responsive clinical practice: Working with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in healthcare settings.
The event also featured the launch of a practical resource, which is supplementary to the Framework - the Guide for Clinicians working with interpreters in healthcare settings.
The Framework and the Guide are a ground-breaking development in improving access to health care for migrants and refugees.
The provision of culturally responsive quality and safe care is vital to health system performance in the context of Australia’s growing cultural and linguistic diversity.
Since its establishment just over two years ago, the Partnership has made a nationally significant contribution, improving both population health outcomes and enhancing health system performance.
The Partnership is the first and only national initiative addressing issues of access to health for migrant and refugee populations, with a particular focus on women. It develops strategic and systemic interventions aimed at improving both clinical practice capability and consumer/community experience. It is also a unique multifaceted model. It combines strong and informed community voice with powerful institutional reach, bringing together 11 Medical Colleges, the College of Nursing and the College of Midwives, along with a number of other key stakeholders.
The framework has been endorsed by all of the participating Colleges, as well as a number of other peak professional bodies for clinicians and community sectors peak organisations.
Senior midwife and PhD student at the Faculty of Health Nasrin Javid represents the Australia College of Midwives on the Partnership working group.
For more information, visit the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Health Partnership website.