Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Care to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in Australia: - Health Care Professionals’ Perspectives.


Cultural and linguistic diversity in Australia is increasing with more than one in four (26%) Australians being born overseas and an additional 20 percent have either one or both parents born in a foreign country. Women from refugee and migrant backgrounds often experience poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes in host countries. These Women also tend to face several barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health care at individual, system and provider levels in host countries. In Australia, barriers to sexual and reproductive health services by refugee and migrant women and perspectives of improving access and utilization of sexual and reproductive health care are addressed exclusively from the perspectives of patients/clients. Understanding the challenges of providing these types of services to refugee and migrant women from the health care providers' perspectives is crucial in ensuring that the sexual and reproductive health needs of refugee and migrant women are met. 

You are invited to participate in a research study being conducted by Zelalem Mengesha (Doctoral candidate) under the supervision of Prof Janette Perz, Prof Jane Ussher and Dr Tinashe Dune from the Centre for Health Research.

What will I be asked to do?
You will be asked to participate in an online survey. The questions regard your experience in providing Sexual and Reproductive Health care to refugee and migrant women.
How much of my time will I need to give?
The survey will take around 25-30 minutes.

What specific benefits will I receive for participating?
The study will provide you an opportunity to examine and discuss issues relating to your experience of providing sexual and reproductive health care to refugee and migrant women. Knowledge arising from this research will enable further research to develop targeted training and resources for you that will assist you to address the sexual and reproductive health needs of refugee and migrant women.
Will the study involve any discomfort for me? If so, what will you do to rectify it?
The study will be unlikely to involve any discomfort for you. However, if you do start to feel uncomfortable at any stage of the study, you will be free to take a break or terminate the interview without repercussion.

If you find any of the questions unsettling, or find that they raise issues you had not previously considered, please feel free to contact Zelalem Mengesha on (02) 4620 3816 or 0414637321. Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to the researcher, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, for independent advice and counselling.

How do you intend to publish the results?
Please be assured that only the researchers will have access to the raw data you provide. The findings of the research will be published in the form of a thesis as part of the primary researcher's doctoral candidacy. Results may also be published in peer-reviewed academic journals. All interview data will be de-identified through the use of pseudonyms, and random number identifier codes before publication. Please note that the minimum retention period for data collection is five years.

Can I withdraw from the study?
Participation is entirely voluntary and you are not obliged to be involved. If you do participate, you can withdraw at any time without giving a reason.
If you do choose to withdraw, any information that you have supplied will be discarded immediately and will not be included in any subsequent analysis.

Can I tell other people about the study? 
Yes, you can tell other people about the study by providing them with the chief investigator's contact details. They can contact the chief investigator to discuss their participation in the research project and obtain an information sheet.

Data storage 
Data will be stored securely and it will be de-identified before it is made to available to any other researcher.

What if I require further information?
Please contact Zelalem Mengesha should you wish to discuss the research further before deciding whether or not to participate. Contact Zelalem Mengesha, Doctoral Candidate, ph: (02) 4620 3816, email:
What if I have a complaint?
This study has been approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Ethics Research Committee. The approval number is H11034. If you have any complaints about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the ethics committee through the office of research services on Tel (02) 4736 0229 and email 

Participation in this study is voluntary and you're free to withdraw from the study at any time. If you have read this information and are happy to participate in this study, please click on the button below which will take you to the survey, this signifies your consent.

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Thank you for taking the time to consider this study.