publication . Article . 2018

Transition from an asylum seeker–specific health service to mainstream primary care for community-based asylum seekers: a qualitative interview study

Genevieve L Fair; Mark Harris; Mitchell Smith;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2018 Journal: Public Health Research & Practice, volume 28, issue 1 (issn: 2204-2091, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Sax Institute
Abstract
Background and aim: Transition of asylum seekers from special-purpose health services to mainstream primary care is both necessary and difficult. This study explores the issues encountered by asylum seekers undergoing this transition in Sydney, Australia. Methods: Qualitative semistructured interviews were conducted with nine asylum seeker patients and nine staff working in the sector. Results: Asylum seekers faced significant challenges in the transition to mainstream primary care. Contributing factors included the complexity of health and immigration systems, the way in which asylum seeker–specific services provide care, lack of understanding and accommodation...
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free text keywords: Refugee health, Primary care, lcsh:Public aspects of medicine, lcsh:RA1-1270, Asylum seeker, Accommodation, business.industry, business, Immigration, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Mainstream, Sociology, Refugee, Nursing, Health services, Mental illness, medicine.disease, medicine
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