Health seeking narratives of unwell Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Melbourne Australia

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Abstract

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees are among the largest group of refugees to resettle in Australia in the last decade. The aim of this study is to characterise the narratives of health-seeking among unwell Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Drawing on a qualitative, phenomenological perspective, we conducted in-depth interviews in Tamil and English with 12 participants who identified as being unwell for 6 months or more. Findings revealed three narratives of health-seeking: the search for the ‘good life’ that was lost or never experienced, seeking help from familiar channels in an unfamiliar context, and the desire for financial and occupational independence. These three narratives are undergirded by the metanarrative of a hope-filled recovery. These narratives of Tamil refugees’ lived experience provide new insights into clinical care and health service delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-97
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Health seeking narratives of unwell Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Melbourne Australia. / Samuel, Sophia; Advocat, Jenny; Russell, Grant.

In: Australian Journal of Primary Health, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2018, p. 90-97.

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