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Promoting healthy futures in a rural refugee resettlement location: A community-based participatory research intervention
journal contributionposted on 13.05.2021, 06:57 by Caitlin Nunn, Raelene Wilding, Katharine McKinnon, Htoo Gay Ku, Gai Porh Soe La Myint, Posao Nido Taveesupmai, Megan O’Keefe, Kaye Graves
The resettlement of refugees in rural areas is presenting new challenges for healthcare. This article reports on a community-based participatory research project that explored understandings of health and care across the life course in a refugee-background community in regional south-east Australia. Participants identified key challenges, including lack of access to local services that address their complex needs and problems created by communicating across languages, cultures, and ontologies. Clear opportunities were identified for improving local health services to meet the needs of refugee-background communities. Building on participant recommendations, we argue that appropriate, high-quality healthcare requires the cultivation of dialogue and respect across different understandings of health and care. We suggest that approaches grounded in an ethos of collaboration, power-sharing and dialogue provide a way forward, not just for research, but for embedding practices of cultural safety in rural and regional resettlement.