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Food security among asylum seekers in Melbourne

McKay, Fiona H. and Dunn, Matthew 2015, Food security among asylum seekers in Melbourne, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 344-349, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12368.

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Title Food security among asylum seekers in Melbourne
Author(s) McKay, Fiona H.ORCID iD for McKay, Fiona H. orcid.org/0000-0002-0498-3572
Dunn, MatthewORCID iD for Dunn, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0003-4615-5078
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 344
End page 349
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Keyword(s) asylum seeker
food insecurity
foodbank
refugee
temporary protection
Summary Objectives: This research explores food insecurity among asylum seekers who are members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne, Australia. Methods: Structured person-assisted questionnaires were conducted with 56 asylum seekers. The questionnaires examined issues around access to food, cultural appropriateness of available food, transport issues, use of the ASRC Foodbank and questions about general health. Results: Findings suggest that: 1) almost all asylum seekers in this study were food insecure; 2) most of the asylum seekers using the ASRC Foodbank have no access to food other than that provided at the centre; and 3) the reason that most asylum seekers are food insecure is related to structural problems associated with limitations imposed by different visas. Conclusions and implications: The ability of asylum seekers to achieve food security is limited by their restricted access to welfare and government or work-related income. Given that the current policy situation is likely to continue, providers such as the ASRC will find continuing demands on their services and increasing pressures to provide more than a 'supplemental' food supply.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12368
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077286

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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