Physical health

Resources for health practitioners working with refugees.


Adults and children who enter New Zealand as refugees or immigrants require assessment in regard to their vaccination requirements. For quota refugees coming through the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre, full assessment is completed but requires follow-up by their general practice once the individual has settled in the community. See Section 4.7: Immigrants and refugees in the Immunisation Handbook 2020.

Female genital mutilation

The FGM Education Programme provides resources and education on female genital mutilation (FGM) and childbirth.

The following titles are available from the FGM NZ website.

  • Female Genital Mutilation in New Zealand: Understanding and Responding. Denholm N. Auckland: Refugee Health Education Programme, 2004. A handbook for health and child protection professionals working with women affected by FGM.
  • FGM Information for Health Professionals (2004). A pamphlet on FGM information for health professionals.
  • FGM Clinical Care Antenatal, Labour & Birth and Postnatal Guidelines (2009). Guidelines for antenatal, labour and birth and postnatal care.
  • FGM Deinfibulation Guidelines (2009). Guidelines for deinfibulation.
  • FGM Teaching Module (2009). A 28-page teaching module on FGM background information for nursing, midwifery and medical students.
  • FGM and New Zealand (2004). A pamphlet on health and legal information in English and African languages.
  • FGM Child Protection Recommended Guiding Principles (2009). Child protection recommended guiding principles for suspected and imminent FGM.
  • FGM Resource Kit (2011). An FGM resource package for New Zealand health and child protection professionals including: FGM Illustration Sheets; Female Genital Mutilation in New Zealand: Understanding and Responding handbook; FGM Clinical Care Guidelines; FGM Child Protection Recommended Guiding Principles; FGM Pamphlets for Health and Child Protection Professionals and Communities


Middle Eastern, Latin American and African Health Needs Assessment

The Middle Eastern, Latin American or African (MELAA) ethnicity grouping consists of extremely diverse groups with dissimilar cultures, religions and backgrounds. In 2006, 1 percent of the New Zealand population identified as MELAA and half lived in Auckland.

Today, 28,637 people in Auckland identify as being MELAA; approximately 14,000 are Middle Eastern, 3000 are Latin American and 11,000 are African. This group is one of the fastest growing population groups and has unique health needs.

Asian Health in Aotearoa in 2006–2007: trends since 2002–2003

The results of this report provide an overview of the health status of Asian communities in 2006–07, in comparison with the rest of the New Zealand population; and at the same time provide information on trends in health status among the Asian communities since 2002–03. The large number of Asian participants has allowed analyses of the health status of the main Asian communities – Chinese, South Asian and Other Asian.

The topics included in this report include: socio-demographic status; health risk and protective factors (lifestyle), chronic disease and utilisation of health services.

It is the first report to describe national data on the health status of children from the main Asian communities in New Zealand.

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