Demographics and utilisation of health services by paediatric refugees from East Africa: implications for service planning and provision

Regina Cooke, Sally Murray, Jonathan Carapetis, James Rice, Nigisti Mulholland, Susan Skull

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Abstract

Little is known of difficulties in accessing health care for recently arrived paediatric refugees in Australia. We reviewed routinely collected data for all 199 East African children attending a hospital Immigrant Health Clinic for the first time over a 16 month period. Although 63% of parents reported medical consultations since arrival, 77% of this group reported outstanding, unaddressed health problems. Availability of interpreters and information on health services were the main factors hindering access to care. These data have informed future service planning at the Clinic. Ongoing data collection is key to maintaining a responsive, targeted service for a continually changing population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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