Multicultural Perspectives on Health and Wellbeing/Multicultural population and the healthcare system

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Australia's health system is a complex web of public and private providers, settings, participants and supporting mechanisms. This includes an inter-play of multiple components and processes related to policy making, legislation, coordination and funding which affect the delivery of services. For many people, including those from immigrant and refugee communities, seeking healthcare and health information or education, and navigating the healthcare system can be intimidating, confusing and overwhelming. Further complicating this navigation is the issue of healthcare access and entitlements. Using the case study of an international students' access to sexual and reproductive services, the lecture will explore the inequalities and inequities in Australia's healthcare system and explore possibilities for a more equitable healthcare system based on gendered and cross-cultural understanding.


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Henderson, S., Kendall, E., & See, L. (2011). The effectiveness of culturally appropriate interventions to manage or prevent chronic disease in culturally and linguistically diverse communities: a systematic literature review. Health & Social Care in the Community, 19(3), 225-249. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2010.00972.x

Henderson, S., & Kendall, E. (2011). Culturally and linguistically diverse peoples’ knowledge of accessibility and utilisation of health services: exploring the need for improvement in health service delivery. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 17(2), 195-201. doi:

Anderson, L. M., Scrimshaw, S. C., Fullilove, M. T., Fielding, J. E., & Normand, J. (2003). Culturally competent healthcare systems: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 24(3, Supplement), 68-79. doi:

Engebretson, J., Mahoney, J., & Carlson, E. D. (2008). Cultural Competence in the Era of Evidence-Based Practice. Journal of Professional Nursing, 24(3), 172-178. doi:


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