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Australia's immigration detention network has been subject to numerous reviews in recent years. This was due to the unprecedented strain on the network arising from increased Irregular Maritime Arrivals and the subsequent unrest and increase in suicide and self-harm incidents in...
The impetus for this investigation stemmed from reports that the prevalence of depression and anxiety amongst the Afghan population in South East (SE) Melbourne is particularly high. These reports came from both Afghan community members and health and community workers. This qualitative study identified and...
This monograph brings together five contributions from writers who are recognised for their expertise and experience working with refugees who have histories of trauma, including torture, sexual violence and domestic and family violence.
Key pointsResearch and practice with refugee women seeking...
This project examined psychosocial well-being from the perspective of refugee adolescents in four government schools in Perth, Western Australia.
Resettled refugees are vulnerable. They have high levels of mental health problems, but low uptake of mental health care. Evidence suggests that poor Mental Health Literacy (MHL) or poor knowledge and understanding of the nature and treatment of mental health problems is a major factor...
This Evidence Check was commissioned by the NSW Ministry of Health to provide a summary of evidence from Australia and other countries related to the effectiveness and appropriateness of community-based psychosocial support services and programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
The consultation findings presented in this paper confirm that the inability to access mental health services in a timely and effective manner leads to increased disadvantage and disengagement for culturally diverse individuals who are already highly vulnerable in many cases.
This Research Summary explores Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) participants’ risk of psychological distress — shortly after arrival in Australia (3–6 months, Wave 1 of the study), and at annual interviews after that (at Wave 2 and Wave 3). Differences in risk of...
This research summary reports on how young people aged 15–25 years old from humanitarian backgrounds are settling in Australia. We use data from the Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) study, and make reference to the National Youth Settlement Framework, developed by the Multicultural...
This report provides independent medical data demonstrating the extreme mental health suffering on Nauru. MSF strongly reiterates its urgent call for the Australian government to end the policy of offshore detention and immediately evacuate all refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru to avoid further deterioration...