The medical/disabled category for quota refugees selected for resettlement in New Zealand allows entry to those who have either a medical condition that can be treated or helped in New Zealand or a disability that requires support. Children from refugee and other culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with impairments comprise an increasing proportion of the caseloads of the Auckland region’s child health and disability services. For people from refugee backgrounds, the New Zealand disability system can be complex, difficult to understand, and hard to navigate. Disability therapeutic, rehabilitative and support services are often non-existent in countries of origin. The interventions offered in western countries such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy may be unknown and therefore poorly understood by refugee clients and families. This article presents the findings of an evaluation of the establishment of cultural caseworker positions in the Waitemata District Health Board Child Development Service.


Creator | Kaihanga
A Mortensen, S Latimer & I Yusuf
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online
Keywords | Kupu
Refugee children; cultural caseworkers; disability; New Zealand
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Mortensen, A., Latimer, S., & Yusuf, I. (2014). Cultural case workers in child disability services: an evidence-based model of cultural responsiveness for refugee families. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 9(2), 50-59.

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