Forum to tackle refugee concerns

Amidst this post‐revolutionary chaos, and the bloodshed of the Iran‐Iraq war, Kooshyar Karimi pursued his education through to medical school.

Amidst this post‐revolutionary chaos, and the bloodshed of the Iran‐Iraq war, Kooshyar Karimi pursued his education through to medical school.

NSW Refugee Health Service hosts its first innovations forum today (Wednesday), as part of Refugee Week.

About 120 refugee health professionals are expected at the Parramatta forum, where they will hear from Dr Kooshyar Karimi who survived terrible atrocities in his homeland of Iran before being granted a political refugee visa to Australia.

Guests will also learn about new refugee-specific projects, policies and research.

‘‘We decided to do this to acknowledge the health services helping people of refugee backgrounds,’’ Mitchell Smith, director of NSW Refugee Health Service, said.

‘‘We chose Parramatta because the majority of refugees settle in western Sydney and Parramatta is a geographically central location.

‘‘Outside Fairfield, Auburn and Blacktown are high-settlement areas and, increasingly, there are smaller groups settling in Wentworthville, Toongabbie and Parramatta.

‘‘The major source country is Iraqi-born people coming out of Syria.

‘‘Psychological concerns are always frequent.

‘‘Other issues include dental health, high blood pressure and heart disease.’’

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