While clients of refugee backgrounds may not identify eating problems themselves, many healthcare professionals working with refugee clients have noted that adjustment to diet is a significant factor in both physical and psychological health, and related to integration and autonomy.

Many clients have noted that they don’t have enough information to make the ‘healthy choice’ in Australia. Accordingly, it is worth noting, and discussing, a person’s lifestyle and dietary practices during the initial health assessment and on an ongoing basis, in primary care and in other settings. Primary care providers should consider the following key messages which will assist to empower newly arriving refugees, asylum seekers and others to make a ‘healthy choice’.

  • The junk food diet
  • Accessing traditional
  • Physical activity
  • Rapid weight gain and obesity

To read the full information about Nutrition see Promoting Refugee Health: A guide for doctors, nurses and other health care providers caring for people from refugee backgrounds pp.104-109.

Diabetes Prevention Manual – Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Further reading

Multicultural Nutrition Resources – Metro South Health

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