New research funded to help promote employment, social inclusion and health and wellbeing for women from refugee backgrounds

A/Prof Anna Ziersch along with colleagues from the University of Adelaide Prof Alex Reilly, Dr Joanna Howe and Dr Clemence Due (also an adjunct with the Southgate Institute) were recently successful in winning funding from the Federal Government Department of Families and Communities to examine employment pathways for women from refugee backgrounds. The three year study will follow a group of refugee women to examine their experiences in finding work and within workplaces, and links between employment experiences and social inclusion and health and wellbeing. The project will also undertake a review of national employment programmes and initiatives that focus on people from refugee backgrounds, as well as focus groups and interviews with service providers and employers. A key outcome of the project will be a policy and practice guide to promoting employment, social inclusion and health and wellbeing for refugee women that draws on international evidence and the research findings, developed in consultation with policy makers and practitioners.

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