In Refugee Week, medically skilled refugees and resettlement organisations are speaking out about the lengthy and costly process new arrivals have to go through to get their qualifications recognised in Australia. But It's the same requirement for all migrants, says the industry. Figures released by Settlement Services International (SSI) show in its Refugee Employment Support Program, 110 refugees are internationally trained as medical professionals but do not hold licenses to practice in Australia. 

SSI also said that through its broader affiliations, another 2,000 overseas trained doctors (OTDs) are finding it difficult to attain their licenses and find employment. Click here to read the full SBS News article and hear from SSI's Kylie van Luyn.

 SSI in the News 

Governments must improve COVID-19 communications to CALD communities

Federation has joined with several community groups appealing for governments to effectively report COVID-19 directives to people with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. "Information is not reaching into many CALD communities in a way that actively engages the communities and individuals to enable them to fully understand what is required of them now and into the coming weeks of the COVID-19 response nationally," letters sent to federal, state and territory health ministers state.


Refugee doctor keen, but unable, to join coronavirus fight

Posted April 03, 2020 10:15:57 Tamer Antakly's medical specialty is the lungs - an organ among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. With more than three decades of experience, he's humble when he notes he could be "useful" in Australian hospitals battling a deadly pandemic. But he can't work in them.


How Coronavirus Is Creating Unique Challenges For Australia's Migrant Communities

For Australia's migrant communities and its international students, language barriers, the disruption of family structures and exclusion from economic aid are intensifying the already harsh challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. In Sydney, restaurant owner Vatsal Harshadkumar Shah saw that international students were struggling financially and weren't getting economic support from the government, so he responded by starting a free meal service.


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