IHMS: International Health and Medical Services
  • Delivering a consistent standard of care in physically and culturally challenging environments Providing healthcare in both remote and urban settings Managing health systems on behalf of governments and international organisations
  • Providing healthcare in both remote and urban settings Delivering a consistent standard of care in physically and culturally challenging environments Providing healthcare in both remote and urban settings
  • Delivering a consistent standard of care in physically and culturally challenging environments Providing healthcare in both remote and urban settings Delivering a consistent standard of care in physically and culturally challenging environments

Sites: Nauru

IHMS is contracted by the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Home Affairs, to provide primary and mental health care services, broadly comparable to Australian public health standards, to asylum seekers residing within the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) on Nauru.

General practitioner, nursing and mental health care clinics are open at the RPC seven days a week. There is also after-hours medical staffing to respond to any after-hours medical emergencies. On Nauru, the medical team also includes obstetricians, midwives and medical officers with paediatric training.

Refugees settled in the Nauru community access IHMS primary and mental health services at the IHMS settlement health clinic located at the Republic of Nauru Hospital. Additional health services including emergency and specialist care is provided by the hospital.

Primary mental health care is delivered by an IHMS multi-disciplinary team of experienced mental health staff. Primary mental health commences with mental health screening and the Psychological Support Program which underpins the provision of mental health services. As is considered best practice in Australia, IHMS has moved increasingly to a model of mobile treatment, assertive outreach and early intervention programs to improve detection of mental health problems and to enable more effective intervention. This means that patients are not limited to receiving care within the clinic setting. There are supported accommodation areas at the Nauru RPC which may be used to provide increased levels of clinical and non-clinical support to non-refugees and their families. IHMS also provides an inpatient mental health service. To supplement the on-site primary health care service, IHMS provides specialist services via visiting specialists, tele-health consultations with specialists based in Australia, second opinions from specialists based in Australia who review clinical records, and referral for specialist opinions generally at Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

In addition to providing first line health care, IHMS also undertakes health-promotion and disease-prevention activities, assisting people with chronic conditions to manage their own health.

For enquiries, please contact:

International Health & Medical Services
Level 1
Pinnacle Office Park
4 Drake Avenue - Building B
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Tel: +61 (2) 9372 2500

corporateaffairs@ihms.com.au