Refugee Health Nurse Programs

STTARS is funded by both the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) & Country SA PHN to advocate, support, and provide health education for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in Adelaide and the state's South East.

STTARS operates two programs which aim to empower refugees to achieve better health outcomes, successfully navigate the Australian healthcare system and gain a better understanding of their own health needs.

Through these programs we also support and encourage primary healthcare services to understand some of the barriers refugees encounter in accessing health care due to their limited knowledge of health systems in Australia and how they work, low basic health literacy, language barriers, cultural differences, socioeconomic disadvantage and other settlement challenges.

The Adelaide Refugee and New Arrival Program (ARANAP) is targeted at people from refugee backgrounds living within the broader Adelaide region who are within their first 5 years of residency in Australia.

The Regional Refugee Health Nurse Program (or "Improving Refugee Health in the South East" initiative) is targeted at people from refugee backgrounds living within the Naracoorte and Mt Gambier regions.