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Migrants' perceptions of health promotion messages in rural Tasmania


Terry, DR and Le, Q and Hoang, H, Migrants' perceptions of health promotion messages in rural Tasmania, Health, Risk and Society, 14, (7-8) pp. 639-653. ISSN 1369-8575 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13698575.2012.713914


Asian migrants living in rural Tasmania experience a social and cultural environment dissimilar to larger Australian cities. This study investigated Asian migrants’ lived experiences, their intercultural views with a focus on health risk behaviours within the challenge of a new rural environment. Certain health risks were identified and possible social and cultural connections. This exploratory study used a qualitative approach focussing on the personal experience of the Asian migrants living in rural Tasmania, Australia. Interviews were conducted from October to December 2011 with 36 Asian migrants residing in rural Tasmania, recruited through purposive sampling. Sub-populations such as Asian migrants residing in less dense culturally and linguistically diverse communities, including Tasmania, continue to maintain health and health risk beliefs from their culture. Migrant sub-population selectively adapted to their new environment, with longer term migrants acquiring western health conditions. The research provided insights about Asian migrant’s views regarding non-communicable health issues in less dense culturally and linguistically diverse communities. In addition to adding to existing knowledge, the study provided some specific insights for better understanding of the relationship between health, risk and society and hopefully for improving primary health care access and delivery of care in rural and other small communities where sparse and less cohesive culturally and linguistically diverse communities exist.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Asian migrant; risk, health risk; lived experiences; behaviour; rural context
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Terry, DR (Mr Daniel Terry)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
ID Code:80346
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2012-10-30
Last Modified:2013-06-06

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