Accessing maternal and child health services in Melbourne, Australia: reflections from refugee families and service providers

Children Social isolation Social security Medicine Refugees Australia Melbourne

This study aims to explore experiences of using maternal and child health services, from the perspective of families from refugee backgrounds and service providers. Often new arrivals from refugee backgrounds have experienced poor health and limited access to healthcare services.

The maternal and child health (MCH) service in Victoria, Australia, is a joint local and state government operated, cost-free service available to all mothers of children aged 0–6 years. Although well-child healthcare visits are useful in identifying health issues early, there has been limited investigation in the use of these services for families from refugee backgrounds.

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