Mental health access issues by people of refugee backgrounds in Australia

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This chapter presents a critical discussion on the understanding and access of mental health services by people from diverse refugee backgrounds delivered in a Western cultural setting. Mental health services are heavily influenced by a biomedical approach, but there is a growing understanding of the importance of culture and biopsychosocial approaches. This chapter highlights some of the institutional and cultural issues that need to be addressed for the services to be effective. Practical approaches that have worked in different places are explored and critically discussed. A recovery-oriented model that recognizes that the individual is part of the community and the importance of spirituality are canvassed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMental health policy, practice, and service accessibility in contemporary society
EditorsJennifer M. Martin
Place of PublicationHershey PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781522574033
ISBN (Print)9781522574026
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Human Services and Public Health (AHSPH)


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