About the Outer Northern Refugee Health Network

In September 2015, the Federal government announced the offer of an additional 12,000 humanitarian places for people displaced by the conflict in Syria & Iraq.  In response to this announcement local health and social support services across the outer northern growth corridor of Melbourne formed the Outer Northern Refugee Health Network (ONRHN) under the auspice of the Hume Whittlesea Primary Care Partnership (HWPCP) - Shared Vision for the Growing North.

The ONRHN acts as a catchment based platform, with over thirty organisations (listed below) formally registered as members and providers of health and social supports to refugees and asylum seekers in the outer north.

The aim of the network is to guide local system improvements in order to support the complex needs of arriving people from refugee backgrounds. Through adopting a strong focus on integrated reform across multiple service sectors, the networks guiding Terms of Reference assure accountably, integration and innovation in the shaping of future refugee service development activities.  Here is the link to our Terms of Reference link

The HWPCP invites other organisations who play a key role in both the co-design and delivery of timely and quality refugee focused support services to join the ONRHN. Together we can be part of a strong and solution-focused collaborative that aims to support the complex needs of arriving refugees in the outer northern interface corridor of Melbourne.

For more information about the work of the Network or to answer any queries in relation to future involvement, please call Max Lee (CEO - HWPCP) on 0419 366 558 or email maxl@hwpcp.org.au

The Outer Northern Refugee Health Network members are strongly committed to supporting refugee and asylum seekers to access quality health and social services so that they can settle and thrive in local communities.

Our Work

Outer Northern Refugee Health Network Strategic Plan

Given the value of the Outer Northern Refugee Health Network in improving responses to refugees, and the ongoing need for these services in the community it was timely for the ONRHN to develop a strategic plan to assist member organisations to prioritise their joint activities over the next three years (2018-2021).

For further information, please click on the following link to download the final version: link


Refugee and Asylum Seeker Interagency Networks in the Outer Northern Growth Corridor 

As a significant growth corridor, planning and service delivery by local services in the outer north catchment, is best achieved via a sustained cross-service partnership approach. In order to support joint planning efforts between services, on behalf of the ONRHN membership, we have developed a register of Refugee and Asylum seeker interagency networks currently operating in the catchment. This collated list aims to help services to better coordinate their planning and networking interests across a number of important forums relating to our emerging diverse communities.  In addition, we are committed to assisting these networks to work more effectively together particularly on joint projects and communication / information sharing thus reducing duplication and maximising collaborative effort and impact.

A special thank you to those who have provided information for the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Interagency Networks listing.  Please note that there are still some gaps in the document and if you are able to assist and provide this information it would be most appreciated.  If you attend a regular Refugee and Asylum Seeker Interagency Network (Coordination Committee, Advisory Group, Working Group, Local Service Coalition, Forum) and / or if you are aware of one of these networks please complete the template and forward to  Max Lee (CEO - HWPCP) on 0419 366 558 or email maxl@hwpcp.org.au

Refugee and Asylum Seeker Interagency Networks link


The Hume Whitlesea Primary Care Partnership acknowledges the commitment of the following organisations for their support and their ongoing commitment to the Outer Northern Refugee Health Network: