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Title: Use of Royal Darwin Hospital emergency department by immigration detainees in 2011.
Authors: Deans, Adrienne K
Boerma, Clare J
Fordyce, James
De Souza, Mark
Palmer, Didier J
Davis, Joshua S
Affiliation: Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT, Australia.
Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Global and Tropical Health Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT, Australia..
Issue Date: 16-Dec-2013
Citation: The Medical journal of Australia 2013-12-16; 199(11): 776-8
Abstract: To describe the number and nature of emergency department (ED) attendances by immigration detainees in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, over a 12-month period. Retrospective observational study of immigration detainees attending the Royal Darwin Hospital ED during the 2011 calendar year. Number of ED attendances and primary diagnoses. In 2011, there were 770 ED attendances by 518 individual detainees at Royal Darwin Hospital. Those who attended the ED had a mean (SD) age of 27.6 (12.2) years, and 112 of them (21.6%) were children. Most (413, 79.7%) were male, and Iran and Afghanistan were the two most common countries of birth. We estimate that 50.1% (95% CI, 47.0%-53.2%) of immigration detainees in Darwin (mean, 776 per month; total, 1034), attended the Royal Darwin Hospital ED at least once in 2011. The most common primary diagnosis was psychiatric problems (187 attendances, 24.3%), including self-harm (138 attendances, 17.9%). In 2011, asylum seekers in immigration detention in Darwin had a high prevalence of unmet health needs and substantial levels of psychiatric morbidity. The primary health care provided to them was inadequate.
Type: Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Subjects: Adolescent
Emergency Service, Hospital
Health Services Accessibility
Hospitals, Public
Medical Audit
Mental Disorders
Needs Assessment
Northern Territory
Retrospective Studies
Self-Injurious Behavior
Young Adult
Emigrants and Immigrants
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