Refugee Health and Wellbeing

Research Overview

At the Southgate Institute a multidisciplinary program of research, led by A/Prof Anna Ziersch, has been examining the social determinants of refugee health and wellbeing.  The aim of this research is to provide an evidence base for policy makers and service providers and to contribute to innovative responses to improve health and well-being amongst refugees and asylum seekers.

If you would like to find out more about this research, please contact Anna Ziersch on anna.ziersch@flinders.edu.au

Current projects:  Flinders University led

Project:              Belonging begins at home: promoting social inclusion and wellbeing for asylum seekers and people from refugee backgrounds

Investigators:   A/Prof Anna Ziersch, A/Prof Kathy Arthurson

Partners:           AnglicareSA, Australian Refugee Association, Baptist Care SA and Shelter SA

 

Project:              The impact of temporary visas on the health and wellbeing of asylum seekers and refugees 2016-2017       

Investigators:   Dr Clemence Due, A/Prof Anna Ziersch

Partners:           Refugee Council of Australia

 

Project:              Using digital storytelling as an innovative research method with asylum seekers and refugees,

Investigators: A/Prof Anna Ziersch, Dr Clemence Due, A/Prof Kathy Arthurson, A/Prof Alison Wotherspoon 

 

Project:              Access to primary healthcare services for asylum seekers and refugees experiencing psychological trauma

Investigators:   Dr Clemence Due, A/Prof Anna Ziersch

Partners:           Migrant Health Service, Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service

 

Project:              Regional settlement experiences of people from refugee backgrounds: Social inclusion and health and wellbeing

Investigators:   A/Prof Lillian Mwanri, A/Prof Anna Ziersch, Dr Melanie Baak 

 

Project:             Migration visas and workplace exploitation and discrimination: regulatory and complaints mechanisms to protect health and wellbeing, Flinders University

Investigators:   A/Prof Anna Ziersch, Dr Clemence Due, Prof Alex Reilly, Dr Joanna Howe

Partners:           Working Women’s Centre

 

Project:              Regional Primary HealthCare organisations: population health planning, participation, equity and the extent to which initiatives are comprehensive [has a focus on refugee and migrant health]

Investigators:   Prof Fran Baum, Dr Sara Javanparast S, Prof Jeff Fuller, Dr Angela Lawless, Prof Richard Reid, A/Prof Anna Ziersch, Dr Toby Freeman, Dr Tamara MacKean

 

Current projects: Other collaborations

Project:              Assessing the economic, social and health outcomes for migrant workers in state sponsored employment schemes (University of Adelaide)

Investigators:   Prof Alex Reilly, Dr George Tan, Dr Joanna Howe, Prof Deborah Turnball, Dr Clemence Due, Dr Andreas Cebulla A, A/Prof Anna Ziersch

 

Project:              Service provider experiences of mid to long term settlement challenges and mental health consequences for youth from refugee backgrounds (University of South Australia)

Investigators:   Dr Melanie Baak, A/Prof Tahereh Ziaian T, Dr Shepard Masocha, A/Prof Anna Ziersch, Dr Clemence Due

 

Project:              Oral Health Impact and Quality of Life in Newly Arrived Refugees in South Australia (University of Adelaide)

Investigators:   Dr Clemence Due, Dr Matt Day, Prof Marco Peres, A/Prof Anna Ziersch

 

Staff:                 

 

                    

Anna Ziersch – ARC Future Fellow    Moira Walsh – Research Associate

  • Clemence Due – Adjunct Research Fellow
  • Rachel Sullivan – PhD student

 Recent publications:

Ziersch A, Walsh M, Due C, Duivesteyn D.  (2017).  Exploring the relationship between housing and health for refugees and asylum seekers in South Australia: a qualitative study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (9):1036

 Conference presentations:

Ziersch A, Due C, Walsh M, Arthurson K, Lai, K. ‘Belonging begins at home’: exploring the relationship between housing and health for refuges and asylum seekers in South Australia, North American Refugee Health Conference, 16th-18th June, Toronto, Canada.

  • Due C, Ziersch A, Robb A, Green E.  Access to primary health care services for asylum seekers and people with refugee backgrounds experiencing psychological trauma, North American Refugee Health Conference, 16th-18th June, Toronto, Canada.
  • Ziersch A, Due C, Arthurson K.  Refugee and asylum seeker housing experiences: implications for health and wellbeing.  15th World Congress on Public Health, 3-7th April 2017, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Javanparast S, Baum F, Ziersch A, Freeman T, Mackean T, Reed R.  Planning and partnership for new migrants/refugee health: how do Australian Primary Health Care organisations perform? 15th World Congress on Public Health, 3-7th April 2017, Melbourne, Australia
  • Ziersch A, Due C & Arthurson K (2015).A Mixed Methods Systematic Review of Studies Examining the Relationship between Housing and Health for Asylum Seekers and People with Refugee Backgrounds.  Population Health Congress, 6-9th September 2015, Hobart.
  • Ziersch A, Due C, Arthurson K, Loehr N. (2015)  Working with asylum seekers and people from refugee backgrounds: The use of innovative qualitative methods in research, Qualitative Methods Conference, 28-30th April 2015,  Melbourne.