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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 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
PGCertGP, PGDipGP, PGDipPHC, PGDipRPHP, PGDipTravMed, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Includes residential period/s.
Suitable for health professionals from a range of disciplines.
Teaching staff

Co-convenors: Dr Jonathan Kennedy
Serena Moran

Paper Structure

Elective paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Travel Medicine (PGDipTravMed).
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 the global disease burden
  • New Zealand immigration and settlement policies and challenges
  • Health screening and the management of common conditions and resettlement health challenges
  • Mental health and well-being after resettlement
  • Cross-cultural care in the health sector
Teaching Arrangements

Two full days of compulsory residential teaching to be delivered online via zoom. There may also be an option to attend the residential in-person at the Wellington campus, but this option will be at the discretion of the conveners and will depend on student numbers and Covid travel restrictions at the time. Dates to be confirmed.

Other teaching done via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.

Study Skills, technology support and resources are provided to students free of charge via a custom built site accessed through Blackboard.

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 2023

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