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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

Diabetes Prevention Manual – Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Resources for patients (or Clinicians to use with patients)
Healthy Living PPT (Includes info on health and hygiene) – A pictorial PPT developed by Migrant Health, SA Health. To be used with acknowledgment of Migrant Health, SA.
Multicultural Nutrition Resources – Metro South Health
Further reading
Barriers and facilitators to childhood obesity prevention among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Victoria, Australia