Associate Professor Mitchell Smith

Clinical Associate Professor
General Practice, Westmead Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 8778 0770
Fax 8778 0790

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Biographical details

Public health physician involved in the health care of refugees for over 20 years, overseas (Pakistan and Hong Kong) and in Australia. Since 1999, he has been Director of the NSW Refugee Health Service, which undertakes health assessments, health education, teaching and research regarding people of refugee background living in NSW.

Dr Smith provides advice on refugee health policy at local, state,andnational levels. He is a member of the Refugee Health Network of Australia and the NSW TB Advisory Committee.

Research interests

Health status of, and health care for, those of refugee background living in Australia

Teaching and supervision

Health status of, and health care for, those of refugee background living in Australia

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Slewa-Younan, S., Uribe Guajardo, M., Yaser, A., Mond, J., Smith, M., Milosevic, D., Smith, C., Lujic, S., Jorm, A. (2017). Causes of and risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder: the beliefs of Iraqi and Afghan refugees resettled in Australia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 11, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Kpozehouen, E., Heywood, A., Kay, M., Smith, M., Paudel, P., Sheikh, M., MacIntyre, C. (2017). Improving access to immunisation for migrants and refugees: recommendations from a stakeholder workshop. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 118-120. [More Information]
  • Chaves, N., Paxton, G., Biggs, B., Thambiran, A., Gardiner, J., Williams, J., Smith, M., Davis, J. (2017). The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and Refugee Health Network of Australia recommendations for health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds: an abridged outline. Medical Journal of Australia, 206(7), 310-315. [More Information]
  • Uribe Guajardo, M., Slewa-Younan, S., Smith, M., Eagar, S., Stone, G. (2016). Psychological distress is influenced by length of stay in resettled Iraqi refugees in Australia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 10, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Heywood, A., Zwar, N., Forssman, B., Seale, H., Stephens, N., Musto, J., Lane, C., Polkinghorne, B., Sheikh, M., Smith, M., et al (2016). The contribution of travellers visiting friends and relatives to notified infectious diseases in Australia: state-based enhanced surveillance. Epidemiology and Infection, 144(16), 3554-3563. [More Information]
  • Slewa-Younan, S., Mond, J., Bussion, E., Melkonian, M., Mohammad, Y., Dover, H., Smith, M., Milosevic, D., Jorm, A. (2015). Psychological trauma and help seeking behaviour amongst resettled Iraqi refugees in attending English tuition classes in Australia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Zwi, K., Paxton, G., Cherian, S., Francis, J., Smith, M., Napthali, K., Johnston, V., Voss, L., Ofner, E., Talley, N. (2015). Summary of position statement on refugee and asylum-seeker health. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(7), 657-657. [More Information]
  • Quinn, E., Massey, P., Rosewell, A., Smith, M., Durrheim, D. (2014). Improving ethnocultural data to inform public health responses to communicable diseases in Australia. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response, 5(2), 1-4.
  • Joshi, C., Russell, G., Cheng, I., Kay, M., Pottie, K., Alston, M., Smith, M., Chan, B., Vasi, S., Lo, W., et al (2013). A narrative synthesis of the impact of primary health care delivery models for refugees in resettlement countries on access, quality and coordination. International Journal for Equity in Health, 12, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Joshua, P., Smith, M., Koh, A., Woodland, L., Zwi, K. (2013). Australian Population Cohort Study of Newly Arrived Refugee Children: How Effective is Predeparture Measles and Rubella Vaccination? The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(2), 104-109. [More Information]

2017

  • Slewa-Younan, S., Uribe Guajardo, M., Yaser, A., Mond, J., Smith, M., Milosevic, D., Smith, C., Lujic, S., Jorm, A. (2017). Causes of and risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder: the beliefs of Iraqi and Afghan refugees resettled in Australia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 11, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Kpozehouen, E., Heywood, A., Kay, M., Smith, M., Paudel, P., Sheikh, M., MacIntyre, C. (2017). Improving access to immunisation for migrants and refugees: recommendations from a stakeholder workshop. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(2), 118-120. [More Information]
  • Chaves, N., Paxton, G., Biggs, B., Thambiran, A., Gardiner, J., Williams, J., Smith, M., Davis, J. (2017). The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases and Refugee Health Network of Australia recommendations for health assessment for people from refugee-like backgrounds: an abridged outline. Medical Journal of Australia, 206(7), 310-315. [More Information]

2016

  • Uribe Guajardo, M., Slewa-Younan, S., Smith, M., Eagar, S., Stone, G. (2016). Psychological distress is influenced by length of stay in resettled Iraqi refugees in Australia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 10, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Heywood, A., Zwar, N., Forssman, B., Seale, H., Stephens, N., Musto, J., Lane, C., Polkinghorne, B., Sheikh, M., Smith, M., et al (2016). The contribution of travellers visiting friends and relatives to notified infectious diseases in Australia: state-based enhanced surveillance. Epidemiology and Infection, 144(16), 3554-3563. [More Information]

2015

  • Slewa-Younan, S., Mond, J., Bussion, E., Melkonian, M., Mohammad, Y., Dover, H., Smith, M., Milosevic, D., Jorm, A. (2015). Psychological trauma and help seeking behaviour amongst resettled Iraqi refugees in attending English tuition classes in Australia. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Zwi, K., Paxton, G., Cherian, S., Francis, J., Smith, M., Napthali, K., Johnston, V., Voss, L., Ofner, E., Talley, N. (2015). Summary of position statement on refugee and asylum-seeker health. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(7), 657-657. [More Information]

2014

  • Quinn, E., Massey, P., Rosewell, A., Smith, M., Durrheim, D. (2014). Improving ethnocultural data to inform public health responses to communicable diseases in Australia. Western Pacific Surveillance and Response, 5(2), 1-4.

2013

  • Joshi, C., Russell, G., Cheng, I., Kay, M., Pottie, K., Alston, M., Smith, M., Chan, B., Vasi, S., Lo, W., et al (2013). A narrative synthesis of the impact of primary health care delivery models for refugees in resettlement countries on access, quality and coordination. International Journal for Equity in Health, 12, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Joshua, P., Smith, M., Koh, A., Woodland, L., Zwi, K. (2013). Australian Population Cohort Study of Newly Arrived Refugee Children: How Effective is Predeparture Measles and Rubella Vaccination? The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(2), 104-109. [More Information]

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