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(March) Challenges for refugees and Asylum Seekers to access OT services: immediate needs

OTA Victoria Division has been invited to meet with AMES, the Victorian organisation engaged to provide refugee settlement services for refugees and asylum seekers as they arrive in Australia.

AMES has identified specific and immediate needs for particular groups of people with disabilities within this population.

Along with Speech Pathology Australia, and the Australian Psychological Society, OTA is exploring with AMES the needs of this group, including waiting times for allied health services, appropriate modifications that can be made to short term and longer term housing options, immediate access to AT, and other and options that may be possible to assist until services for which this population are eligible are in place.

If you are an OT who currently works in a service who comes in contact with people who have arrived in Australia on asylum seeker and refugee visas, or who works directly with this population, we are interested in your views. Please contact Kim Mestroni at mgr.vic@otaus.com.au or on 9415 2955.