South Western Sydney is characterised by its cultural diversity. In 2011, 36 per cent of people living in the region were born overseas, compared with 26 per cent across NSW. Of this, 53 per cent of those born overseas in the region lived in Fairfield.

With such a diverse population brings a range of different health challenges and priorities which vary between each cultural community.

Having a regular GP is important for your and your families health. Your GP is the expert on your health care, and will give you access to specialised treatments and prescription medications as needed.

In South Western Sydney there are GPs who speak languages other than English. South Western Sydney PHN has developed a guide for refugees looking to find a local GP who speaks their language. You can access the guide here.

Priority health issues in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)
communities in South Western Sydney



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Cardiovascular disease

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Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C

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For more information on health, diet and nutrition, exercise, and quitting smoking visit the links below:

 Helpful services

Settlement Service International

Settlement Services International (SSI) is a leading community-based not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services in the areas of refugee settlementasylum seeker assistancehousingmulticultural foster caredisability support and employment services in NSW.

SSI is committed to ensuring that people in vulnerable communities in NSW are supported and resourced to fulfill their potential as members of the Australian community.

Contact Settlement Services

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads and co-ordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

Australian Refugee Data 

Refugee Health

The NSW Refugee Health Service aimss to promote the health of people from a refugee background living in NSW by assisting refugees, and the health professionals who work with them. Services provided include:

  • early health assessments by refugee health nurses for newly arrived refugees
  • education for health service providers on refugee health and related issues;
  • a link between agencies working with refugees and health services;
  • targeted health promotion programs for refugees
  • medical assessments and referrals through GP clinics, particularly for recent arrivals;
  • research in refugee health; and
  • advocation for health policies and appropriate services for refugees.

1/157-161 George St, Liverpool NSW 2170

Phone: (02) 8778 0770

Refugee Council of Australia 

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. It has more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members.