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Looking after your health with a long-term condition: Perspectives from international students living in the ACT

Published: 2022

This report shares the findings from community-centered research that investigates how international students undertaking tertiary education in the ACT look after their health when they have a long-term health condition. The report explores the everyday strategies that international students use to look after their health, and some of the difficulties they can experience when using health services and seeking health information in the ACT. The report also identifies opportunities for health and community services, and tertiary education providers, to support international students’ health, wellbeing, and health literacy.

This work is part of HCCA’s 2020-22 project, “Looking after your health with a long-term condition (2020)” and “Looking after your health with a long-term condition: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community Perspectives in the ACT (2021-22)”.
This project is supported by the ACT Health Directorate. The aims of these projects are to:

  1. Meet a gap in knowledge about long-term conditions care and management, including among culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the ACT; and
  2. Document ideas and suggestions from community members about how to improve care and support for long-term conditions, with a focus on the experiences of people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

HCCA anticipates that the information in this report will be relevant to anyone who delivers health or community services in the ACT, people responsible for designing health promotion, health literacy and long-term conditions care initiatives, and higher education and student services providers.

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