Mater cares for people of a refugee background through a wide range of services including:

Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic

Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic (MRCCC) provides healthcare to people from refugee backgrounds with complex health needs and a health service to asylum seekers without Medicare.

The clinic offers specialised primary health care including:

  • complex case management
  • treatment
  • specialist referral
  • secondary consultation service for general practices

GPs at the clinic are unable to expedite referrals more quickly than any other referring GP. They can however, provide case coordination and additional nursing support to provide health literacy and medication and health promotion education. Both GPs and community members can refer to the clinic.

Are you a GP who is interested in Refugee Health?

Mater Refugee Complex Care Clinic offers opportunities for General Practitioners to join a supportive group of health professionals on a sessional, pro-bono basis at our not-for-profit clinic based at Mater South Brisbane. If you are a GP with an interest in refugee health and would like more information, visit, Mater's website for the medical community.

Refugee Health Connect

Refugee Health Connect (RHC) is a partnership between Brisbane South PHN, Brisbane North PHN, MDA Ltd and Mater Hospital Brisbane.

RHC is a one point of call for assistance with identifying appropriate primary health providers in the Brisbane South and Brisbane North regions. They refer to GPs in the community who provide health assessments in partnership with Mater Refugee Health Nurses who outreach to the GP Practices. RHC also provide information about ongoing care for all people from a refugee background.

Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group

The Brisbane Refugee Health Advisory Group comprises 11 Health Development Consultants who are all regarded as leaders in their respective communities from South Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi, Rwanda, Liberia, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Burma.

The group is a mechanism through which health services can have access to the voice of refugee communities. The group also facilitates training and education of staff, participate in research projects and contribute to developing health literacy resources.

For more information contact Paula Peterson, Senior Program Manager, on email or phone 07 3163 3718.

Refugee Health Network Queensland

The Refugee Health Network Queensland was established in 2016 to facilitate greater coordination and collaboration amongst health and community services to provide more accessible and appropriate health services for people of refugee backgrounds.

For more information visit Refugee Health Network Qld website or contact Vicky Jacobson, Refugee Health Network Queensland Coordinator on  07 3163 2958 or email

Refugee Health Resources for Clinicians and GPs 

Refugee Health Resources for Clinicians and GPs can be found on Mater Online - Mater's website for the medical community.