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GENA720 Refugee and Migrant Health

Health needs of refugee and migrant populations relevant to primary care practice. Health issues confronting health professionals working in developing countries.

This paper is designed to provide health professionals with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to work with and manage the health needs of refugees and migrants. The paper considers the origins and journeys of some of the world's most vulnerable populations, New Zealand's role in resettlement and the impact of New Zealand policies on health and integration. The paper focuses on complexities of health issues for refugees and migrants and explores appropriate service delivery models required to meet their needs. This paper has chosen to address as a priority the needs of people from refugee backgrounds, while recognising that many other migrants face similar challenges in areas such as resettlement, health inequities and cross-cultural care.

Paper title Refugee and Migrant Health
Paper code GENA720
Subject General Practice
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,746.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,490.00

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Limited to
PGCertGP, PGCertPHC, PGDipGP, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, PGDipTravMed, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Includes residential period/s.
Teaching staff
Co-convenors: Dr Jonathan Kennedy and Serena Moran
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.

Enrolments for this paper are limited, and it requires departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.
Paper Structure
Elective paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed).
Elective paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC).
Elective paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC).

Material is presented in self-directed learning modules covering the following topics:
  • International population movements and emerging infectious diseases
  • NZ immigration and settlement policies
  • Health screening and early identification of health issues
  • Mental health
  • Cross-cultural care
  • Preventive health care and reproductive health
  • Models of care and service delivery
  • International humanitarian relief
Teaching Arrangements
One compulsory residential conference in Wellington. Other teaching done via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.

All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to articulate the international and New Zealand context for migrants and refugees and feel confident working to improve their health.

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system