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Type: Journal article
Title: Re-entry adjustment of cross cultural workers
Author: Selby, S.
Jones, A.
Clark, S.
Burgess, T.
Beilby, J.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2005; 34(10):863-865
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Susan Selby, Alison Jones, Sheila Clark, Teresa Burgess and Justin Beilby
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Re-entry adjustment affects Australian cross cultural workers returning home; and for many, loss and grief issues arise. General practitioners are often the first point of contact in the health care system and are well placed to deal with these issues. OBJECTIVE: This article examines strategies that GPs can use to support the Australian cross cultural worker on re-entry, and focuses on recognition of re-entry adjustment, the role of loss and grief issues, and the importance of dealing with these issues. DISCUSSION: Australian cross cultural workers are valued members of their communities. However, their loss and grief issues associated with re-entry adjustment on return are often unrecognised and may lead to significant morbidity. Acknowledgment of their disenfranchised grief and appropriate therapy may be part of the role of their GP. Further research is needed to equip GPs to manage this important group in the Australian community.
Keywords: adjustment disorders
family practice
Description: Copyright © 2005 Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
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