Nutritional vulnerability seen within asylum seekers in Australia

O'Reilly, Sharleen, O'Shea, Tess and Bhusumane, Sibusiso 2012, Nutritional vulnerability seen within asylum seekers in Australia, Journal of immigrant and minority health, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 356-360, doi: 10.1007/s10903-011-9442-0.

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Title Nutritional vulnerability seen within asylum seekers in Australia
Author(s) O'Reilly, SharleenORCID iD for O'Reilly, Sharleen
O'Shea, Tess
Bhusumane, Sibusiso
Journal name Journal of immigrant and minority health
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 356
End page 360
Total pages 5
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 1557-1912
Keyword(s) Minority health
Asylum seekers
Healthy eating
Food security
Summary To examine the extent of nutritional vulnerability seen in a cohort of asylum seekers in Australia. Twenty-one asylum seekers (15 males, 6 females) that used a food bank were interviewed over a 6 week period at the Melbourne based Asylum Seeker Resource Centre about foods consumed in the previous 24-h and any non food bank foods obtained. A basket audit was conducted after participants accessed the food bank on the day of interview, Participants obtained significantly less than the minimum requirements for the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating in the vegetables and legumes (P < .001, 95% CI −3.5, −1.7) fruits (P < .001, 95% CI −1.7, −.1.2), dairy (P < .001, 95% CI −1.8, −1.5) and meat and meat alternatives core food groups (P = .001, 95% CI −0.8, −0.3) using foods accessed from the food bank, their primary or sole food source. A high level of nutritional vulnerability was seen in this cohort due to their inability to meet minimum nutritional requirements from their primary food access point. Health professionals working with asylum seeker populations need to be aware of this issue and the resulting potential for longer term ill health as a consequence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10903-011-9442-0
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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