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Utopia Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health

Shortlist – 2021

Brave New Eco with Mesh Designs (building designer responsible for permit applications)

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Utopia is a refugee/asylum seeker health service providing primary care at no cost to refugees and asylum seekers regardless of their Medicare status. It is a non-government organisation established by people who believe in health as a human right and that refugees and asylum seekers require services tailored to their needs.

The pressure was immense to get the clinic open and, in a feat of project management excellence, Fido Projects (which came on board to deliver the project at cost for Utopia) managed the entire fitout stage ready to open the doors in six weeks. Utopia opened and had barely hit the ground running when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The centre quickly adapted and provided a valuable testing centre in the west of Melbourne.

Photo Credits: Emma Byrnes