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Type: Journal article
Title: The health status of migrants in Australia: A review
Author: Anikeeva, O.
Bi, P.
Hiller, J.
Ryan, P.
Roder, D.
Han, G.
Citation: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 2010; 22(2):159-193
Publisher: Sage Science Press (US)
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1010-5395
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Olga Anikeeva, Peng Bi, Janet E. Hiller, Philip Ryan, David Roder and Gil-Soo Han
Abstract: This review summarizes the findings of studies conducted in Australia between 1980 and 2008 that focused on the health status of migrants in one or more of Australia’s National Health Priority Areas (NHPAs), identifies gaps in knowledge, and suggests further research directions. Systematic literature searches were performed on CINAHL, MediText, PsycINFO, and MEDLINE. It was found that the majority of migrants enjoy better health than the Australian-born population in the conditions that are part of the NHPAs, with the exception of diabetes. Mediterranean migrants have particularly favorable health outcomes. The migrant health advantage appears to deteriorate with increasing duration of residence. Many of the analyzed studies were conducted more than 10 years ago or had a narrow focus. Little is known about the health status of migrants with respect to a number of NHPAs, including musculoskeletal conditions and asthma.The health status of recently arrived migrant groups from the Middle East and Africa has not been explored in detail.
Keywords: Australia
disease trends
foreign born
Rights: © 2010 APJPH
DOI: 10.1177/1010539509358193
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