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

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Sophia Samuel, Jenny Advocat, Grant Russell
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.

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Journal

Australian journal of primary health

Volume

24

Issue

1

Pagination

90 - 97

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

Location

Clayton, Vic.

ISSN

1448-7527

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, La Trobe University

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