Refugees in Australia often have complex physical and psychological health needs. Murray PHN is home to several different groups of refugees, including Hazara refugees from Afghanistan.
The aim of this project is to explore the health experiences and needs of Hazara people in the Murray PHN catchment, and to consider the barriers and enablers for Hazara residents to access health services.
Undertaking this project adds to our population health knowledge by providing an in-depth understanding of a specific population group within our catchment. The topics explored during the project and the findings also address several of our other strategic health priorities such as mental health, chronic disease, workforce and alcohol and drugs.
In this project, data were collected from community members at meetings and individually, from community leaders and from health service providers (HSPs).
The situation is complex with the impact of migration and the social determinants of health of refugees’ health and wellbeing evident. The main health issues identified were mental health problems and physical health concerns. Related issues were difficulties with health service access due to language and cultural differences, lack of suitable HSPs and low levels of health literacy.
Other concerns which impacted on health and wellbeing related to family, finances, employment and education. Many community members have family in Afghanistan and are worried about their safety. Parents report concerns that their children are losing their Hazaraghi language and customs in Australia; this is a source of conflict within the family. The resettlement process also caused stress and tension within families.
SOURCE: Kheradyar, A & Couch, D (2019). “Our Hazara communities: health and health service experiences.” Murray PHN, Bendigo, February 2019.
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