Journal article

Health service utilisation and unmet healthcare needs of Australian children from immigrant families: A population-based cohort study

Shuaijun Guo, Mengjiao Liu, Shiau Yun Chong, Nardia Zendarski, Carly Molloy, Jon Quach, Susan Perlen, Thien Nguyen Minh, Elodie O'Connor, Elisha Riggs, Meredith O'Connor



Compared with most other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, information about the patterns of health service use for children from immigrant families in Australia is currently limited, and internationally, data on unmet healthcare needs are scarce. This study aims to examine the distribution of health service utilisation and unmet healthcare needs for immigrant children aged 10-11 years in Australia. We drew on data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children Birth (B; n = 5,107) and Kindergarten (K; n = 4,983) cohorts. The exposure was family immigration background collected at 0-1 (B-cohort) and 4-5 (K-cohort) years. Outcomes were parent-reporte..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Professor Sharon Goldfeld for feedback on this manuscript. The research is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. This study uses unit record data from Growing Up in Australia, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). The LSAC is linked to the National Assessment Program -Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) and is conducted in partnership between the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with advice provided by a consortium of leading researchers from research institutions and universities throughout Australia. The authors would like to acknowledge and thank the children, families and teachers who generously give their time to participate in the LSAC. LSAC was approved by the Australian Institute of Family Studies Human Research Ethics Review Board (AIFS 13-04).