- A first-of-its kind report has looked at patterns of health outcomes and service use by refugees and humanitarian entrants.
- Refugees were 60 per cent less likely to report asthma and cancer than the rest of the Australian population.
- Accidental drowning deaths are also higher among refugee and humanitarian entrants than the general population.
Higher risk of drowning deaths
“The main issues are really also located within the health system in Australia.
“Our health system is really complex, and we don’t have very sophisticated programs that support people to navigate the health system, and it also takes a lot of time to develop trust,” Murdolo said.
“Trust generally in the community when there is racism does make people question their sense of belonging here in Australia. All of that translates across to a person’s trust in the health system or welfare system.”
Barriers to accessing services
“A person who’s booked her GP, the interpreter wasn’t available to attend, she booked that same consultation again, and they weren’t able to get an interpreter at that time. So she had to actually book three times with her GP before she could get an interpreter to attend.”
“When people go to the GP or an outpatient clinic, and they need to be told when their next appointment is, there’s this really cool but simple tool that translates what the service is, when your next appointment is and how to access it,” Harris-Roxas said.
More engaged with GPs
“GPs are really important because they often help professionals who do consultations in languages other than English as well,” he said.
Challenges navigating the healthcare system
The compilation of the data within this report is the initial stage of the AIHW’s Refugee and humanitarian entrant health project.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/it-takes-time-to-develop-trust-study-finds-refugees-less-likely-to-report-serious-health-conditions/5cs9yhazw Study finds refugees less likely to report health conditions