Journal article

Addressing alcohol and other drug use among young people from migrant and ethnic minority backgrounds: Perspectives of service providers in Melbourne, Australia

Caitlin H Douglass, Karen Block, Danielle Horyniak, Margaret E Hellard, Megan SC Lim



Young people from migrant and ethnic minority backgrounds are recognised as emerging priority populations for reducing alcohol and other drug (AOD)-related harms in Australia. Limited research has investigated how service providers address AOD challenges in migrant communities. In this qualitative study, we interviewed 15 service providers from AOD, migrant support, community and other health services in a diverse region of Melbourne. Interviews explored the challenges that service providers faced and the strategies they implemented to engage with young migrants in relation to AOD use. Thematic analysis was used to generate four themes: stigma as a barrier to service delivery, intergeneratio..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the assistance of Wyndham City Council in developing the research project and the contributions of service providers who generously participated in the interviews. We gratefully acknowledge the support that the Burnet Institute receives from the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program. CD is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program stipend. ML is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship. DH is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. MEH receives fellowship support from NHMRC.