Asylum seekers without Medicare cards

Each year, some 4,000 people who have experienced persecution or other serious human rights abuses settle in New South Wales. Common refugee experiences include torture, war or civil unrest, the loss of family and friends through violence, and prolonged periods of deprivation. These experiences can have major implications on health status and the delivery of health care.

Some of these people are residing in the CESPHN region. Asylum seekers are required to lodge an application for temporary protection Visas (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise (SHEV), without this application they will lose access to Medicare and permission to work in Australia.

Patients who may be experiencing difficulties in lodging an application or whose Medicare cards have expired, can contact the following organisations for information and or support: