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Contemp Nurse ; : 1-18, 2020 Mar 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32141400


Background: Regular health screening provides opportunities for early detection and effective treatment of disease. There is underutilisation of health services by migrants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, particularly refugees in Australia.Aim: To explore the beliefs, understandings, and use of health and healthcare screening services among African refugee women living in Australia.Design/Method: Qualitative secondary analysis.Method: Oral narratives derived from two primary qualitative datasets of Sub-Saharan women in New South Wales, Australia, underwent secondary thematic analysis.Findings: Twenty-two of the forty-two women had refugee status on migrating to Australia. Thematic findings reflection of misinformation, low health literacy, and health screening as not a priority.Conclusions: There is an urgent need to develop innovative strategies to engage refugee migrant women in health screening by provision of culturally meaningful health information.Relevance to clinical practice: Including refugee women's suggestions for information to be provided by health services may improve attitudes towards screening and preventative health care.

Int J Ment Health Nurs ; 29(1): 92-101, 2020 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31917517


Migrants from areas affected by war, especially refugee migrants, are susceptible to mental health issues. In addition to recognising trauma, health professionals, such as mental health nurses, need to be aware of the strength and resilience of refugees and migrants. The capacity to provide trauma-informed care that is shaped by the recognition of clients' strength and resilience is required/paramount to meet the current demand of multiculturalism emanating from an increased global migration. To facilitate increased awareness about West African women's resilience prior to migration and support trauma-informed care, we used a qualitative strength-based storytelling approach with 22 West African women residing in Sydney, Australia. Thematic analysis of the women's stories identified two major themes: When the World Falls Apart and Battered but Strong. Findings revealed that past personal experiences significantly influenced participants' strength and resilience and contributed to their mental health. Mental health professionals such as nurses can play an important role by incorporating knowledge about the resilience of migrants and refugees into providing appropriate trauma-informed care.

Contemp Nurse ; 54(2): 150-159, 2018 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29635959


AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This paper reports on women's experiences of weight gain and obesity as they became acculturated to the Australian diet and lifestyle. BACKGROUND: Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have a much higher risk of obesity than the native population when settling in industrialised countries. METHOD: Qualitative. RESULTS: Women in this study reported weight gain post-migration. This was attributed to increased access to a wide variety of food including takeaway food and more sedentary lifestyles. CONCLUSIONS: Obesity has long-term consequences for health and well-being. Further research is needed to support a healthy transition to life in Australia. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Gaining insight into the underlying reasons that West African immigrants to Australia become obese could contribute to assisting health professionals design culturally appropriate interventions and health education programmes to support new arrivals.

Dieta , Emigração e Imigração , Estilo de Vida , Ganho de Peso , Adulto , África Ocidental/etnologia , Austrália/epidemiologia , Feminino , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Obesidade/epidemiologia , Obesidade/etnologia , Pesquisa Qualitativa , Fatores de Risco
J Transcult Nurs ; 27(5): 447-55, 2016 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25731710


PURPOSE: Migrating and establishing a new life in another culture can have diverse health effects especially for women. This article explores the struggles and social adjustment issues that might constitute negatively to the health of West African migrant women living in Australia. DESIGN: Qualitative storytelling. Audiotaped voluntary stories from 20 West African migrant women living in Sydney, Australia were transcribed and analyzed. FINDINGS: Three themes are presented for discussion: (1) But it is different here: life in a new country; (2) I have to do it all by myself: communal versus individual living; and (3) They don't listen to parents: perceived threats to the family unit. CONCLUSION/IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE: The demand for and the importance of nurses and midwives in supporting migrant families is demonstrated by findings suggesting that social adjustment into the Australian culture has a significant impact on both the nuclear and extended family unit of women.

Emigrantes e Imigrantes/psicologia , Acontecimentos que Mudam a Vida , Aculturação , Adulto , África Ocidental/etnologia , Austrália , Família/etnologia , Família/psicologia , Feminino , Humanos , Mães/psicologia , Pesquisa Qualitativa