Still there's no food! Food insecurity in a refugee population in Perth, Western Australia
Gallegos, Danielle, Ellies, Pernilla, & Wright, Janine (2008) Still there's no food! Food insecurity in a refugee population in Perth, Western Australia. Nutrition and Dietetics, 65(1), pp. 78-83.
Aim: To identify food insecurity and examine its association with socio-demographic factors in a group of newly
Methods: Structured questionnaire based around the same question asked during the National Nutrition Survey
(1995). The questionnaire was administered to a service-based sample of clients accessing early intervention
services. Fifty-one individuals who were newly arrived refugees, resident in Australia for less than 12 months and
who were receiving torture and trauma counselling.-----
Results: Thirty-six individuals (71% of sample) reported running out of food. This percentage was much greater
than the 5.2% recorded across all social and economic groups in the 1995 National Nutrition Survey. The most
common reasons for running out of food were related to large household bills, late welfare payments, poor
household skills, sending money ‘home’, transport issues and poor budgeting skills.-----
Conclusion: Food insecurity in refugees in Perth, Western Australia is comparable to the rates of food insecurity
found in this population in other parts of the developed world. There are, however, significant ramifications for the
development of intervention strategies as well as policy implications. For refugees, focusing on community food
security strategies will assist in building community capacity, facilitate the retention of cultural integrity, restore and
maintain dignity, and will be instrumental in ensuring both short- and long-term health.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, Community food security, Food insecurity, Nutrition, Policy, Refugees, Strategies|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Deposited On:||15 Jun 2009 14:31|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:53|
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