The 2012 update of the Refugee Health Care: A handbook for health professionals discusses new refugee communities settled in New Zealand, emerging trends in the health of refugee groups and current therapies, and adds new service providers. Written in consultation with health providers, experts in the field and people from refugee backgrounds, the handbook is designed to support health workers in primary, community and secondary health care settings in the delivery of safe, effective and culturally appropriate care for their refugee clients.
Health issues related to changes in lifestyle are emerging with the long-term settlement of refugee communities. Reduced physical activity, diets high in fats and sugars and smoking place refugee groups, particularly those from South Asian, Middle Eastern and African groups, at risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. The inclusion of refugee groups and their ethnic communities in mainstream prevention, screening and intervention services and programmes is of importance in maintaining good health outcomes for settled communities.
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