Humanitarian Entrant Health Service (HEHS)
The Humanitarian Entrant Health Service (HEHS) provides a holistic health assessment service for all refugees and humanitarian entrants who are resettled in Western Australia under the Commonwealth Government’s Humanitarian Program and Special Humanitarian Program.
- Eligible visa categories to attend HEHS: 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 866
HEHS aims to identify health issues which may affect the well-being of newly arrived refugees and to detect and treat infectious diseases of public health importance.
- Attendance at HEHS is voluntary and there is no cost to attend the service.
- Clients are generally required to attend the centre on 2 – 3 occasions.
- Health assessments are undertaken by experienced staff with the assistance of competent interpreters in a culturally appropriate setting.
- The health screen includes obtaining a thorough history (including medical, psychological, obstetric and nutritional conditions) and screening for communicable diseases.
- Immunisation history is reviewed and catch-up plans commenced
- HEHS facilitates the treatment and management of communicable diseases and other health concerns.
- Referrals are made to appropriate outpatient clinics at the nearest tertiary hospital where indicated.
- All clients seen at HEHS are referred to refugee nurses in the community with a management plan to ensure appropriate follow up.