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Andrew Block



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Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Dr Andrew Block is a clinician-researcher with joint appointments in the Department of Medicine, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University, and Monash Health. In 2006 he was appointed as Director of General Medicine at Dandenong Hospital, and in 2010 began as Director of Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health at Dandenong Hospital.

Andrew is a clinician, leader, researcher and policy advisor for Refugee and Asylum Seeker health in the south east of Melbourne. He held the role of Clinical Dean for the School of Clinical Sciences (Dandenong Hospital) from 2006 - 2012, at the Level of Senior Lecturer. He is Chair of the Personal and Professional Development Committee (Theme 1) for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing Health Sciences, and a member of the Faculty Board.

Dr Block was developer and lead clinician for the "Hands on health" educational initiative under 'LEAP' program. The program, designed for disadvantaged and refugee secondary school students, won the 2010 Monash University Vice Chancellor's Social Inclusion award and the 2013 Australian Marketing Institute Awards for marketing excellence. Since 2010 the program has grown exponentially and now supports over 300 students each year through the final four years secondary school with educational and vocational support, work experience programs, study preparation courses, immersive university summer camp experiences and interview/UMAT preparation courses. He was invited to speak on this project at the 2012 Berlin World Health Summit and the Monash University Employability Symposium.

Andrew's clinical focus at Monash Health's Dandenong Hospital includes seeing patients as a senior infectious diseases and general physician. He oversees the General Medicine service comprised of 18 senior physicians and 25 junior medical staff in this busy 480 bed outer metropolitan public teaching hospital, in the most multi-cultural corridor with the highest refugee/asylum seeker arrival rates in Australia.

His action-oriented research seeks to improve healthcare access for asylum seekers and refugees. He developed and leads holistic Refugee and Asylum Seeker health care services operating across the primary and tertiary sector in the southeast of Melbourne through the Monash Refugee Health and Wellbeing Service, currently operating from the Thomas Street integrated healthcare precinct in Dandenong. The services mission is Surviving to Thriving, and now encompasses innovative programs addressing the social determinants of health to facilitate self-determination.

Andrew's team were highly commended in the category of Excellence in person-centred care for 'Refugee health: Achieving excellence in responsive person-centred care' in the 2014 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Andrew is a member of the Joint Advisory Committee, (health and mental heath subcommittee) for the Nauru offshore detention program, and was recently appointed to the Independent Health Advisory committee to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, overseeing health provision in all Australian detention facilities.

In 2014 Andrew was invited to be keynote speaker at the NSW Department of Health Agency for Clinical Innovation staff forum, and the 3rd annual APAC forum in Melbourne alongside Lisa Bisognano from the Institute for Improving Healthcare (IHI). His model for clinical innovation, engagement and advocacy is being considered for broader healthcare reform in New South Wales.

Find out more

If you're from a refugee background you can access more information about available community and health services in your area via the Monash Refugee Health Service, the Victorian Refugee Health Network or Refugee and asylum seeker health through the Department of Health, Victoria.

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Monash teaching commitment

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) Theme 1 - Personal and professional development.

Research area keywords

  • refugee
  • health
  • general
  • medicine
  • asylum
  • seeker
  • community
  • infectious
  • diseases


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