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Service gaps related to culturally appropriate mental health care for African immigrants

Wamwayi, M.O., Cope, V.ORCID: 0000-0002-4528-4268 and Murray, M. (2019) Service gaps related to culturally appropriate mental health care for African immigrants. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28 (5). pp. 1113-1121.

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The population of overseas‐born Australians continues to grow including the recent increase of immigrants and refugees from African countries. Due to this increase, healthcare services need to assess if current available services are culturally appropriate for African immigrant inpatients. This qualitative study, with a quality improvement focus, examined current services to identify key service gaps and consider recommendation to improve care of African immigrant mental health inpatients in the hospital from the point of view of staff working within the organisation. What was revealed is that services currently offered to African mental health inpatients were culturally inappropriate. Emerging themes included inadequate interpreter services, lack of cultural awareness staff training, lack of organisation link with other services, unmet spiritual needs, use of staff/families as interpreters, culturally inappropriate information, and lack of or inadequate culturally appropriate policies and framework. Changes to current practices are recommended to provide culturally appropriate mental health care to African inpatients.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Nursing
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2019 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.
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