Refugee/Migrant Services

Royal Hobart Hospital

Refugee/Migrant Services

A Refugee/Migrant Liaison Officer is employed by the RHH to assist refugees and humanitarian arrivals with access to a wide range of health care services.

Information is also provided to clients about preventative health care in Australia, particularly maternal and child health care, immunisation and screening programs.

If English is not the first language of the client, we provide professional interpreters to assist with the exchange of medical/clinical information.

Support is also provided to the various health care professionals who work with these clients.


The RHH is a smoke free site. Tobacco use and smoking  is prohibited on the RHH site (including entrances and hospital grounds). This ban also applies to the Repatriation complex in Davey Street, the Renal Unit at St John’s Park in New Town and Mental Health.

Our medical orderlies are authorised Tobacco Control Officers and patients/visitors to the RHH site will be asked to cease smoking, or may receive an on-the-spot fine if they persist.

Any breach of the Public Health Amendment (Smoke Free Areas) Act may result in prosecution in accordance with the Act.

Quitline is a free, confidential telephone based support service designed to help smokers quit smoking. For the cost of a local call, smokers can request a free information pack or receive advice about quitting from trained advisors – Contact the QUITLINE 137 848.

Television Service

Overhead televisions are available for hire. Please enquire about details upon admission. Patients are discouraged from bringing their own electrical appliances including televisions and stereos into the RHH. However, if you expect to be in hospital for a considerable length of time, you may use your own television/stereo subject to certain RHH requirements  being met, including the inspection and tagging of the equipment by an authorised electrician to ensure compliance with electrical safety standards. Further details on the RHH policy can be obtained from ward/unit staff.

Travel Assistance Scheme

The Department of Health & Human Services Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (PTAS) provides assistance for Tasmanians who have to travel long distances to access medical services either in Tasmania or interstate. The scheme provides a subsidy only and does not cover all of the costs associated with travel.

For more information on the scheme please contact the RHH scheme coordinator on telephone 6166 8225.