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Refugee Health Service Contacts

Refugee Health Clinic at Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre (MRRC)

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service Refugee Health Clinic at the MRRC is the only national Refugee Health Screening Centre in New Zealand.

Refugees, who arrive in New Zealand as ‘quota’ refugees are received for six weeks at the MRRC situated in Mangere, Auckland. The centre is also a detention centre for asylum seekers applying for refugee status.

The MRRC Health Clinic provides screening and healthcare for all ‘quota’ refugees and asylum seekers at MRRC. Refugees and asylum seekers undergo medical, x-ray and dental checks. Immunisation is also carried out and medical treatment is provided for any medical conditions identified. Access to specialised medical services is facilitated. Referral is made to appropriate services for ongoing medical needs including psychological services. Health education and an orientation to New Zealand health services are provided.

For further information please contact the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre:

    251 Massey Road
    Phone (09) 276-6719

Health Promotion Practitioner (HPP): Refugee Health

The HPP works in partnership with health services, refugee communities, government agencies and not for profit organisations to improve the health of communities in the greater Auckland region. Key aspects of the work include working in partnership, building community capacity, helping to improve accessibility, acceptability and appropriateness of care for people from refugee backgrounds.

Health promotion programmes to date include – nutrition and exercise, preventing family violence, tuberculosis awareness and oral health.

For further information please phone (09) 623 4600

‘Quota’ Refugee Transition Nurse

ARPHS Refugee Service aims to assist refugees with medical care information and support. The Refugee Transition Nurse follows-up Auckland based refugees once they have left the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre. If required, the Transition Nurse uses an interpreter to help the refugee access General Practitioner services, understand the New Zealand health system, explain specialist appointments and take medications. Additionally, the Transition Nurse will liaise with other providers such as Social Workers and Public Health Nurses to ensure health referrals and support is in place for the family.

For further information please phone (09) 276 6719

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service hosts the New Zealand Refugee Health Website -

The website offers up to date information on refugee health issues in New Zealand and internationally and includes profiles of refugee health related projects around New Zealand.

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