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Former Refugee Support

WellSouth helps former refugees locating to Dunedin and Invercargill to access primary care and mental health support.

Mental health and well-being support is provided directly by WellSouth clinicians or when appropriate by Southern DHB or community-based mental health service.

Accessing the service, is by referral from a general practice. GP referrals are triaged centrally by WellSouth in order to connect individuals with the most appropriate service for their needs.

Additional primary care support for former refugees includes:

  • Funded visits at general practice for first two years

  • Support for prescriptions for 2 years

  • Coordination of interpreter services

  • Longer appointments recognising need for interpreters

For more information, contact Rebecca Hennephof, Clinical Coordinator Former Refugee Mental Health.