Characteristics of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Mental Health Clients

Nigar G. Khawaja, Rebecca McCarthy, Vivienne Braddock, Michael Dunne
2012 Advances in mental health  
The present study examined Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (QTMHC) client characteristics in order to provide a better understanding for development of future health service delivery models. Archived data that was collected for 1499 clients over two years period (2007)(2008)(2009)) was analysed using descriptive statistics and Chi squares. The results indicated that clients were referred from a range of sources and were generally adults. There were more women than men, who sought
more » ... an men, who sought services. At least half of the clients had language barriers and relied on bilingual workers. Most frequently expressed mental health issues were mood disorder symptoms, followed by symptoms of schizophrenia and psychosis and anxiety. Acculturation strains and stressors were described as the most common psychosocial issues. Mental health and psychosocial issues differed for age, gender and world regions from which the CALD clients originated. The findings provided an understanding of clients who seek services at QTMHC. Various ways in which transcultural services and data bases can be further improved are discussed. Word count: 163
doi:10.5172/jamh.2012.2689 fatcat:4qmnjsittrestkb6gdyhcub5wy