Barriers to achieving good health outcomes in refugee-background communities

Findings from focus groups highlighted the multi-dimensional health needs of refugee-background communities and the specific barriers to accessing health services and maintaining good health.

In the report participants made a number of suggestions on how to reduce these barriers and improve their health.  These included: more funding for English language classes, improved housing conditions, cultural awareness training for health practitioners, health promotion material for people who did not speak English, being re-united with family members in New Zealand and for health practitioners to take a more holistic approach when treating people from refugee backgrounds.