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Ageing out of place: health and well-being needs and access to home and aged care services for recently arrived older refugees in Melbourne, Australia

By Rebecca S.J. Atwell, Ignacio Correa-Velez and Sandra Gifford

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Recently arrived older refugees in resettlement countries are a particularly vulnerable population who face many risks to their health and well-being, and many challenges in accessing services.This paper reports on a project undertaken in Victoria,Australia to explore the needs of older people from 14 recently arrived refugee communities, and the barriers to their receiving health and aged care. Findings from consultations with community workers and service providers highlight the key issues of isolation, family conflict and mental illness affecting older refugees, and point to ways in which policy-makers and service providers can better respond to these small but deserving communities

Topics: 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified, Older refugees, Resettlement, Aged care
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing Ltd.
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1108/17479894200700002
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:55119
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