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 on Nauru.

General practitioner, nursing and mental health care clinics are open at the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) seven days a week. There is also after-hours medical staffing to respond to any after-hours medical emergencies. The primary care team is supplemented by an on-site obstetrician and gynaecologist.

Refugees settled in the Nauru community access IHMS primary health services at the IHMS settlement health clinic located at the Republic of Nauru Hospital. Refugees access mental health services at the RPC clinic. 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 including mental health nurses, psychologists, counsellors, medical officers and psychiatrists. 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. Residential mental health support and respite services can be provided at the RPC where clinically indicated.

In addition to the on-site primary health care service, specialist services are provided via visiting specialists, tele-health consultations with specialists based in Australia, and second opinions from specialists based in Australia who are able to review the clinical records. Other specialist treatment can be provided via overseas medical transfers as determined by the Republic of Nauru Overseas Medical Referral (OMR) Committee.

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
PO Box 5103
Kingston ACT 2604
Tel: +61 (2) 9372 2500

corporateaffairs@ihms.com.au