Growing up safe and well in Australia: improving the mental health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee children with disability
Channel 7 Foundation
2021 - 2023
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Flinders University researchers
Associate Professor Anna Ziersch (lead)
Dr Moira Walsh
University of Adelaide - Associate Professor Clemence Due
South Australian Refugee Health Service
Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia
Can:Do 4 Kids
The project seeks to address the identified gaps in mental health and wellbeing for migrant and refugee children with disability. Using mixed methods including innovative participatory approaches, we will explore perspectives from carers and children with disability and service providers, and examine the intersecting issues of disability and migrant and refugee status from a strengths-based perspective to provide practical solutions to supporting mental health for migrant and refugee children with disability. The project aims to:
Explore the mental health support needs of refugee and migrant children with disability and their carers
Examine barriers and facilitators to accessing government services and community supports
Explore any differences in experiences, support needs and service issues by factors such as migration pathway, type of disability and cultural/ethnic background
Identify examples of good practice that support mental health for children and their carers
We will provide recommendations about how to support the mental health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee children with disability and their carers.
An easy-read resource for this project is not currently available.