“Refugee Week is an important time as it encourages us all to reflect on the conflicts that drive people from their home and become refugees or displaced persons in their own countries.

It also gives us time to recognise and acknowledge the significant contributions that people from refugee backgrounds make to Australia, despite the hardship and suffering that has led them to seek safety here.

CEH celebrates the contribution of people from a refugee background and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Refugee Week activities planned at NRCH.”

– Bernice Murphy, Manager, CEH

June 20 – 26 is Refugee Week.

Did you know that on average, 42,500 people per day flee their homes to seek protection within the borders of their own country or other countries?

In the last year alone, there have been 13.9 million people newly displaced.

At CEH we stand with our colleagues at North Richmond Community Health in welcoming refugees. Through our work we are committed to creating a more equitable society by reducing the barriers that prevent refugees from accessing health care services.

We proudly join the NRCH Board in their statement of welcome and reflection for Refugee Week 2021. You can read the full statement here.

“All refugees, asylum seekers and humanitarian migrants, are and will always be welcome at North Richmond Community Health, and will be treated with great empathy, dignity and respect. We will continue to work to provide equitable access to quality health and support services that actively involve them in their wellbeing.”

NRCH is marking Refugee Week 2021 with a series of actions and events to celebrate this year’s theme of: Unity.  These include becoming a member of the Refugee Council Australia, issuing the NRCH Board Statement, social media messaging and this Friday’s community BBQ in Richmond and Melton City Council’s online celebration.