Health status of Thai migrants in Brisbane : findings from a cross-sectional investigation

Askew, Deborah A., Vatcharavongvan, Pasitpon, Hepworth, Julie, Williams, Gail, Jackson, Claire L., & Marley, John (2011) Health status of Thai migrants in Brisbane : findings from a cross-sectional investigation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 35(6), pp. 574-575.

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Australia is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country with a long history of migration. In 2006, 22% of the population was born overseas. Thai migrants accounted for 0.2% of the population at this time, with a nearly 40% increase from around 19,000 in 1996 to 30,555 in 2006.1 Despite this, little is known about the health of this migrant group. We investigated the health status and health service utilisation of a Thai community through a cross-sectional postal survey conducted from May to September 2010. Participants were members of a Brisbane Thai temple, aged 18 years and older, who self identified as being Thai. Current health status was assessed using the SF-36v22 and self-report of diagnosed medical conditions. Use of health services was assessed using questions adapted from the Welsh Health Survey.3 Socio-demographic variables included gender, age, language spoken at home, year of arrival in Australia and type of health care insurance.

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ID Code: 59318
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2011.00787.x
ISSN: 1753-6405
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: 01 May 2013 04:17
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 03:44

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