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Health services utilisation and barriers for settlers from the Horn of Africa

Neale, A., Ngeow, J., Skull, Susan and Biggs, B. (2007). Health services utilisation and barriers for settlers from the Horn of Africa. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health,31(4):333-335.

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ISI LOC 000249145200008
Title Health services utilisation and barriers for settlers from the Horn of Africa
Author Neale, A.
Ngeow, J.
Skull, Susan
Biggs, B.
Journal Name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 31
Issue Number 4
ISSN 1326-0200   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 333
End Page 335
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Objective: To examine health services use and barriers for recently arrived immigrants from the Horn of Africa. Method: A cross-sectional study conducted in Melbourne, Australia, with a convenience sample of newly arrived immigrants (n=126) from Somalia (n=67), Ethiopia (n=24), Eritrea (n=26) and Sudan (n=6). Results: GPs were the major health providers for participants, yet 22 (17%) respondents had not yet accessed health services in Australia. Thirty-three (26%) participants reported having had an unmet health concern for which they would have liked to seek advice. The most commonly identified barriers to health care and recommendations for improving services were associated with communication. Conclusions: This study illustrates unmet health needs among new arrivals and a need for linguistically appropriate information about the use of Australia's health system. Implications: The findings support increased use of professional interpreting services and support for new arrivals in making initial contact with the health system.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-6405.2007.00081.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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