Talking to migrant and refugee young people about sexual health in general practice

Jessica R. Botfield, Christy E. Newman, Melissa Kang, Anthony B. Zwi

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Young people are an important group to target with health promotion and preventive healthcare. This paper focuses on the engagement of migrant and refugee young people with sexual and reproductive healthcare in general practice. METHOD: Semi-structured first interviews (n = 27; 16 female, 11 male) and follow-up interviews (n = nine; six female, three male) were undertaken with migrant and refugee young people aged 16-24 years living in Sydney. RESULTS: The majority of participants had seen a general practitioner (GP) for general health issues. However, most were reluctant to discuss sexual health with a practitioner whom they described as their 'family doctor', primarily because of concerns about judgement and confidentiality. Most described negative experiences with GPs for sexual health matters, including not being listened to or being rushed through the appointment. DISCUSSION: There appears to be a lack of effective engagement with migrant and refugee young people by GPs in relation to sexual health. Building the skills and confidence of GPs to work with this group and promote sexual health and wellbeing should be considered, and efforts should be made to communicate confidentiality and trustworthiness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes

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