Authors: David Edwards, VIC
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Support for Socially Maginalised People
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: International and Australian studies indicate that people who are socially marginalised have impaired access to health and community services and have worse mental health compared with people who are socially well integrated (Shaw, Dorling & Davey Smith, 1999). Socially marginalised people in need of assistance often under-utilise support services due to a lack of knowledge about availability, stigma and other isolating social factors. This qualitative research study involved interviews with 59 participants. The service provider group comprised 6 clinical services and 17 non-clinical community support and local government agencies. Thirty-two staff members from these organisations were interviewed. There were 27 individual community members surveyed, 9 from Bass Coast and 18 from outer eastern metropolitan Melbourne. The data were recorded and analysed using the Nvivo qualitative research software program. Typically, the community members had multiple risk factors including disability, poor physical health, poor social connectivity and poverty. Two questionnaires were used as aids to the semi-structured interviews.