AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE AND MIGRANT CARE SERVICES LTD
To enable people from a refugee background to attain equality of access to health and social services in line with the general population of Australia, in order to achieve health equality, with the best possible health outcomes, so they can integrate into the Australian community, and reach their full potential.
In 2010, Ron & Claire Jones visited a church in Brisbane, and met some refugees from Burma, Sudan and Iran. Claire had been a specialist veterinarian in South Africa who had reluctantly left the country with her family to start a new life in Australia. Learning to navigate a new society through culture shock did not prove to be easy, but the family had come to love this country as their home.
How much harder it is for people who speak a different language, have a very different culture, have had little or no education or health care at home, and have never seen a computer, let alone had to navigate a complex technological society!
Claire began helping the refugees, and enrolled at UQ for a Master of International Public Health to better equip herself for the work. Nearly eight years later, she has helped almost two hundred people to achieve health outcomes most Westerners take for granted.
ARMCare was established in July 2016 as an independent Christian organisation under which the work could continue as a stand-alone charity after previously being performed under the auspice of another organisation.
"When I met (ARMCare) I felt safe. I took my medicines because I felt safe, and now I am well."
- 34 year-old father with a wife and four children, who suffered severe post-traumatic stress disorder