Migrants and refugees make up an increasingly significant number of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s population with one in five New Zealanders being born in another country compared with one in eight people in the United States and one in fifteen in Europe. Increasingly efforts are being made to ensure that settlement services are provided and that mental health service delivery is cognisant of their needs. This paper describes some of the efforts being undertaken in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the implications of such efforts; in particular the mental health of Asians, a growing group, is explored. The author suggests that there is a need to learn from Pacific people’s ventures, to broaden the bicultural dialogue and finally to expand the new focus from Asians, refugees and migrants to also include the needs of long term settled communities and international students.
- Citation: DeSouza, R. (2006). Sailing in a new direction: Multicultural mental health in New Zealand. Australian eJournal for the Advancement of Mental Health 5(2) www.auseinet.com/journal/vol5iss2/desouza.pdf
- Creator: Ruth DeSouza
- Language: English
- Publisher: Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet)
- Year: 2006-06-09
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