New Zealanders from refugee backgrounds participating fully in New Zealand life
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.
Our Board is governed by people from refugee backgrounds who represent the interests of former refugees generally rather then their communities specifically. We also have 20% representation from other communities.