Review paper: The health status of migrants in Australia : A Review

Olga Anikeeva, Peng Bi, J Hiller, Philip Ryan, David Roder, Gil-Soo Han

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    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 Australias 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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-193
    Number of pages35
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
    Volume22
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • Disease trends
    • Foreign born
    • Health
    • Migrant

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