Journal article

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

Andrea Neale, Joanne YY Ngeow, Susan A Skull, Beverley-Ann Biggs

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2007

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 communica..

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