A paper on the findings of a qualitative study of the contraception knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of African Australian teenagers and women from a refugee background in Melbourne. In-depth interviews were conducted with sixteen African Australian teenagers and women. Knowledge of contraception was low and attitude towards contraceptive use was poor among this group. Myths and external factors continued to influence attitudes towards contraceptives. Service providers should take into consideration the life experiences, culture, family and community influences of African Australian teenagers/women when providing healthcare services and sexual health education to this migrant group.
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