Roundtable on Migrant Healthcare in Malaysia

October 2019

Monash University Malaysia hosted the “Roundtable on Migrant Healthcare in Malaysia” on 31 October 2019. The Roundtable was jointly organised by the People’s Health Forum, the Bar Council’s Migrants, Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committee and Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences (JCSMHS).

It was attended by 115 participants including researchers, policymakers, doctors, lawyers, NGO activists, academics, and international agency representatives on the frontline of migrant health care who came together to strengthen the understanding of the problems related to migrant healthcare financing and to examine policy options for solutions.

The Keynote Address was made by Dato Mohd Jeffrey Joakim, Director General, Ministry of Human Resources on behalf of the Minister of Human Resources.

Topics and data discussed in the seminar ranged from access to healthcare, healthcare financing of migrants, and occupational health in the context of social protection for migrant workers, and even non-citizen spouses and children. There was a vibrant exchange of information, ideas and discourse among the invited speakers and the attending participants.

This Roundtable was the fourth of a series of Roundtables organized by the Peoples Health Forum, the previous Roundtables being on “Leveraging Public-Private Partnership to Improve Access to Healthcare for the B40 and M40,” “Healthcare Financing in Malaysia,” and “Human Resources for Health in Malaysia.”

The first three Roundtables were organized in partnership with University Malaya. The team from JCSMHS involved in the organizing of the event included Dr Sharuna Verghis, Dr Yatinesh Kumari Singh, and Dr Siti Noraida Mohamad Habibullah.

The Pro Vice-Chancellor of Monash University Malaysia, Prof. Andrew Walker in his welcoming address at Roundtable on Migrant Healthcare in Malaysia stated that Monash was very proud to host this important event.  He lauded it as a great initiative in the quest for social justice and equity.