Health service utilisation

Asian and Ethnic Minority groups typically under-utilise health services, facing cultural, language and knowledge barriers to accessing health care. There is a growing body of research seeking to ascertain the level of health knowledge and prevalent culture-driven health beliefs and behaviours among specific AEM groups 

Quantitative studies have sought to describe the sociodemographic characteristics of AEM service users  Research on patient experiences ranged from descriptive studies on the perceptions of health services in New Zealand to in-depth analyses of the challenges faced by AEM patients in negotiating cultural norms and its incongruencies with the modes of health care provision in New Zealand.

Bong, G., & McCool, J. (2011). Chinese peoples’ perceptions of colorectal cancer screening: A New Zealand perspective. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1331), 29-38.

Cheung, G. (2010). Characteristics of Chinese service users in an old age psychiatry service in New Zealand. AustralAsian Psychiatry, 18(2), 152-157. Read here.  

Chow, C. S., & Mulder, R. T. (2017). Mental health service use by Asians: A New Zealand census. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1461), 35-41. Read here.

Henrickson, M., Dickson, N., Mhlanga, F., & Ludlam, A. (2015). Stigma, lack of knowledge and prevalence maintain HIV risk among black Africans in New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(1), 32-37. Read here.

Henrickson, M., Fisher, M., Ludlam, A. H., & Mhlanga, F. (2016). What do African new settlers in New Zealand ‘know’ about HIV? New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1434), 36-43. Read here.

Ho, P. C., & Johnson, M. H. (2013). Behaviours and beliefs about pain and treatment among Chinese immigrants and New Zealand Europeans. New Zealand Medical Journal, 126(1370), 10-22. Read here.

Neville, S., & Adams, J. (2016). Views about HIV/STI and health promotion among gay and bisexual Chinese and south Asian men living in Auckland, New Zealand. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being, 11, 30764. Read here.  

Norris, P., Ng, L. F., Kershaw, V., Hanna, F., Wong, A., Talekar, M., . . . Cheong, L. (2010). Knowledge and reported use of antibiotics amongst immigrant ethnic groups in New Zealand. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 12(1), 107-112. Read here.

Sobrun-Maharaj, A., Tse, S., & Hoque, E. (2010). Barriers experienced by Asians in accessing injury-related services and compensations. Journal of Primary Health Care, 2(1), 43-53. Read here.

von Hurst, P. R., Stonehouse, W., & Coad, J. (2010). Vitamin D status and attitudes towards sun exposure in South Asian women living in Auckland, New Zealand. Public Health Nutrition, 13(4), 531-536.  Read here.

Yang Dong, C. (2016). The uses of mental health telephone counselling services for Chinese speaking people in New Zealand: Demographics, presenting problems, outcome and evaluation of the calls. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1441), 68-77. Read here.

Zhang, W. (2009). Chinese culture and dental behaviour: Some observations from Wellington. New Zealand Dental Journal, 105(1), 22-27. Read here.