The Auckland Regional Public Health Service for Refugee Health plays a major role in supporting and strengthening healthy refugee communities across the Auckland region. New Zealand accepts 750 ‘quota’ refugees annually, who arrive in groups of 125, six times each year.
On arrival in New Zealand, refugees are received into the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre (MRRC) for six weeks.
During this period, ARPHS Refugee Health Service provides a medical screening and referral service for the refugees and asylum seekers detained at the Centre. ARPHS also provides information, education, communicable diseases control, health prevention and health promotion for the new arrivals.
The service also provides medical screening for those asylum seekers not detained and living in the community.
ARPHS Refugee Health Service works in partnership with many health providers and communities to provide culturally appropriate and acceptable care.