Refugee Health

News and Information about Projects in 2014

UPDATE: We are now accepting applications for the Convener of the Refugee Health Project.

Stay tuned for updated information about the Project for 2014. For any general enquiries, contact the Manager of Projects, Teoh Zheyi on

1) Healthy Start Project
For more information, please click on the following link.

2) MDA Lantern Parade Walk for Refugees
Please check back on this page for future updates.
For more information, please visit­parade­walk­refugees .

3) Refugee Health Seminar
Each year, TIME hosts a seminar series for each project including the refugee health seminar. This allows students to engage with doctors who work with refugees and Australian refugees themselves. Please check back on this page for future updates.

For further information and enquiries, please contact the Refugee Health Convener at


Head over to our project signup form to get involved in TIME’s efforts towards improving Refugee Health!


  • As defined by the United Nations, a refugee is a person who: “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country, or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it”.
  • An asylum-seeker is someone who says that he/she is a refugee, but whose claim has not yet been definitively evaluated. If they are not judged through proper procedures not to be refugees or in need of international protection, they can be sent back to their home countries.
  • At the beginning of 2009, the Office for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated there were 10.5 million refugees worldwide, down 8% from 2008. In addition to this, an estimated 4.7 million refugees are looked after under the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, which was set up to care for diplaced Palestinians. More than half the refugees under UNHCR are in Asia and 22% in Africa, living under conditions varying from well-established camps to living in the open.
  • At January 2009, the UNHCR estimated that there were 20,919 refugees living in Australia.
  • Refugees settling in Queensland come from a wide variety of countries but most recently have arrived from a range of African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries.
  • Refugees present with a wide variety of health conditions related to their refugee experience (for example, torture and trauma issues) and related to their experience living in a refugee camp (for example, disease acquired due to lack of clean drinking water, malnourishment and chronic illness resulting from lack of access to quality health care service).

TIME’S Refugee Health Project

TIME supporters have long been passionately interested in refugee health issues and the TIME Refugee Health Project looks to enhance exposure and involvement of students to issues that impact refugees in Australia.

The long term objectives of the project are:

  • To raise awareness about refugee health issues among the UQ community
  • To build relationships with refugee communities in Queensland through volunteering with the Multicultural Development Association (MDA)
  • To equip UQ medical students with skills to better address refugee health issues.

More information

To become involved or to learn more, please contact our 2010 Refugee Health Coordinator, Eranthi Hettiarachchi.

You can head over to our project signup form if you’re ready to get involved, and we’ll get back to you soon!

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