Mental health access issues by people of refugee backgrounds in Australia

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Abstract

This chapter presents a critical discussion on the understanding and access of mental health services by people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) 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 needs to be addressed for the services to be effective. Practical approaches that have worked in different places are explored and critically discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMental health policy, practice, and service accessibility in contemporary society
EditorsJennifer M. Martin
Place of PublicationHershey PA
PublisherIGI Global
Pages74-92
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781522574033
ISBN (Print)9781522574026
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Mungai, N., Ninnis, J., & Bailey, I. (2019). Mental health access issues by people of refugee backgrounds in Australia. In J. M. Martin (Ed.), Mental health policy, practice, and service accessibility in contemporary society (pp. 74-92). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-7402-6.ch005