OPTIMISE is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Project grant to improve primary health care delivery to refugees living in Australia over the period 2016 to 2020.

Refugees have additional health needs arising from fragmented care prior to arrival in Australia.

Pen CS’ clinical audit software, CAT4, is being employed to identify patients who are likely to have a refugee background and provide data on key health indicators to enable measurement of practice performance. The outcome of the study will inform a model of integrated refugee primary health care for uptake throughout Australia.

OPTIMISE brings together academics from Monash University, the University of New South Wales, La Trobe University and the University of Ottawa with 11 leading Victorian, NSW and national partner organisations committed to improving primary health care delivery to refugees in Australia: Monash Health, cohealth, NSW Refugee Health Service, South Eastern Health Providers Association, North Western Melbourne PHN, South Western Sydney PHN, AMES Australia, Settlement Services International, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Refugee Health Network, Refugee Health Network of Australia and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

The OPTIMISE Partnership Project is focussed on three Australian regions with high refugee resettlement: South East Melbourne, North and West Melbourne and South West Sydney.

In the last 10 years alone, these regions received 51,000 humanitarian entrants equivalent to 36% of national intake.