Migrants and refugees make up an increasingly significant number of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s population with one in five New Zealanders being born in another country compared with one in eight people in the United States and one in fifteen in Europe. Increasingly efforts are being made to ensure that settlement services are provided and that mental health service delivery is cognisant of their needs. This paper describes some of the efforts being undertaken in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the implications of such efforts; in particular the mental health of Asians, a growing group, is explored. The author suggests that there is a need to learn from Pacific people’s ventures, to broaden the bicultural dialogue and finally to expand the new focus from Asians, refugees and migrants to also include the needs of long term settled communities and international students.


Creator | Kaihanga
Ruth DeSouza
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (Auseinet)
Keywords | Kupu
multicultural, bicultural, multicultural mental health, mental health policy, Māori, Pacific peoples, Asian people
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
This Research has
been peer reviewed by academics at a university
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

DeSouza, R. (2006). Sailing in a new direction: Multicultural mental health in New Zealand. Australian eJournal for the Advancement of Mental Health 5(2) www.auseinet.com/journal/vol5iss2/desouza.pdf

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