Welcome to Refugee Health - Vancouver

Refugee Health Vancouver is a practical resource to support clinicians who provide care to refugees in British Columbia.

Need a patient handout on diabetes in Farsi? Looking for a Spanish-speaking dentist in Vancouver who offers reduced fees? Not sure what convention refugees are, why they would flee Myanmar, or how you can bill to care for them? This site pulls together the answers for you.

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BC Provincial Toll-free Refugee Mental Health Line

Do you have questions about refugee mental health? We can help you! 

  • Are you a mental or primary health professional working with refugees in British Columbia?
  • Are you a settlement worker or social service provider working with refugees in British Columbia? 
  • Are you a private sponsor of a refugee or refugee family in British Columbia? 
  • Do you have questions about refugee mental health?

If the answer is “yes”, call the Provincial Refugee Mental Health Coordinator toll-free throughout British Columbia at 1-866-393-3133 Mondays to Fridays 9:00am to 5:00pm. 

The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), an organization that has been providing community-based mental health services to refugees in British Columbia for 30 years, has established a toll-free telephone support line for service providers working with refugees throughout British Columbia, including mental and primary health professionals, settlement workers, social service providers, and private sponsors. The service is free of charge, and is funded by the Province of British Columbia.

We can assist by providing you with information, referrals and  case consultation. We can also consult with you on assessment for vulnerability, individual and  group counselling and working with interpreters.

Whether you are working with refugee claimants, government-assisted refugees, or privately sponsored refugees, this service is for you.

For more information, see the January 25, 2016 ISSofBC RFF newsletter. 


Reviewed/updated by Martina Scholtens MD CCFP (February 8, 2016)

Patient Handouts

Translated educational handouts on health issues.

Other Patient Handout Catalogues

Settlement (Orientation, Screening, Legal)

Child Health & Parenting, Other Patient Handout Catalogues

Anemia

Mental Health

Women's Health & Pregnancy

General Medical

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle

Child Health & Parenting

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle, Anemia

Infectious Disease

Diabetes, Nutrition & Lifestyle, Women's Health & Pregnancy

Community Resources

Dentists, physiotherapists and other community resources who speak other languages, accept IFH or offer reduced fees.

Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Midwifery
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal, Parenting, Cross cultural mental health
Optometry
Parenting
Parenting
Settlement, Cross cultural mental health
Parenting
Podiatry + orthotics
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Parenting
Disability
Disability
Dentistry
Settlement, Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Settlement
Legal
Recreation
Recreation
Physiotherapy
Legal
Lab/radiology
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Settlement
Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Settlement, Parenting, Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Physiotherapy
Pharmacy
Physiotherapy
Podiatry + orthotics
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Legal
Recreation
Recreation
Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement
Settlement
Pharmacy
Cross cultural mental health
Physiotherapy
Parenting
Cross cultural mental health
Settlement, Legal
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Cross cultural mental health
Pharmacy

Cultural Profiles

An overview of the main countries from which Canada receives refugees, with a focus on political and health issues.