Companion House Clinical Guidelines

Clinical Guidelines (complete document) or by components:

Table of Contents

Ch 1: Companion House

Ch 2: Screening guidelines

Ch 3: What to do about …

Ch 4: Essential medicines

Appendix 1: Key dates in history of refugee source countries

Appendix 2: Management of Vit D Deficiency in Children

Appendix 3: Management of Vit D Deficiency in Adults

Appendix 4: Catch-up immunisation

Appendix 5: Treatment of H. Pylori with Current Dyspeptic Symptoms

Appendix 6: Treatment of H. Pylori without Current Dyspeptic Symptoms

Resources on refugee health and other guidelines for general practice

The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide 

The Australian Refugee Health Practice Guide can be used by doctors, nurses and other primary care providers to inform on-arrival and ongoing health care for people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum.

Recommendations for comprehensive post-arrival health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds

Publication produced by Australasian Society for Infections Diseases and the Refugee Health Network of Australia.  2nd Edition.

The Australian Immunisation Handbook

The Australian Immunisation Handbook provides clinical guidelines for healthcare professionals and others about using vaccines safely and effectively.

ACT Health immunisation information for refugees and humanitarian entrants

Refugee or humanitarian entrants to Australia may not be fully immunised and up-to-date according to the Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP). Some refugees may have received immunisations overseas but do not have documentation of these vaccinations. Written records are considered reliable evidence of vaccination status and in the absence of written immunisation documentation a full catch-up immunisation schedule is recommended.

Refugees and humanitarian entrants are eligible for some free vaccines under the NIP.

Refugee Health Assessment Tool

A template to assist in performing the MBS Refugee Health Assessment with instructions for importing into Best Practice and Medical Director software.

Trauma informed approaches to working with patients from a refugee background 

Refugee Health Practice Guide, Approach to Consultation and Management.

Person-centred care principles are useful to understand each individual’s background and current needs. A universal precautions approach to pre-migration trauma is recommended when caring for people from refugee backgrounds, including people seeking asylum. Consider health literacy and cultural factors in the delivery of health care.

Use of the Translation and Interpreting Service: TIS National

The Free Interpreting Service aims to provide equitable access to key services for people with limited or no English language proficiency. TIS National delivers the Free Interpreting Service on behalf of the Australian Government. Using the Free Interpreting Service is easy and convenient. It is quick and simple for service providers to register and they can be connected to a phone interpreter within minutes.

Free interpreters are available for GPs and medical specialists providing Medicare-rebateable services in private practice. Doctors Priority Line for immediate phone interpreters: 1300 131 450

Health Translations

Health Translations is a free online library of high-quality translated Australian health and wellbeing information.

Made for Australian health practitioners and people who work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, the site provides quick access to a wealth of reliable resources. Resources are regulalry reviewed for quality and accuracy.

NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service

The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) is a state-wide health service hosted by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). MHCS was established to strengthen the capacity of health services and programs to effectively and appropriately communicate with people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and coordinate the provision of multilingual health information.

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Health assessment for refugees and other humanitarian entrants

Fact sheet giving details of health assessments for refugees and other humanitarian entrants under Medicare items 701, 703, 705 and 707.

ACT Community Assistance and Support Program

The Community Assistance and Support Program (CASP) aims to enhance health and wellbeing, and facilitate independence and participation in the community.

CASP provides an individual and their carer with support in daily living activities due to a health issue. This health issue may be one that comes and goes (is episodic) or is short-term.

Diabetes Australia Best-Practice Guidelines

Best-practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes that have been developed for health professionals by medical experts and researchers.

Management of type 2 diabetes: A handbook for general practice

In developing the 2020 edition of Management of type 2 diabetes: A handbook for general practice, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has focused on factors relevant to current Australian clinical practice. The RACGP has used the skills and knowledge of your general practice peers who have an interest in diabetes management and are members of the RACGP Specific Interests Diabetes Network.

ASHM Resources

Up to date resources from the peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis, other BBVs and sexually transmissible infections.

How to find us


By Bus from Belconnen: Bus Route 32 By Bus from Civic: Bus Route 32 Tell the driver you want to get off at Cook Community Hub near Cook Shops. By Car: Come to Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St Cook – free parking is available. Our main entrance is in from the end of the building closest to Cook Shops. Come and knock on the door and we will come to help you.

Contact Us

61 2 6251 4550

41 Templeton St Cook ACT 2614 Australia