Mental Health

HNN301– Mental Health Promotion

Assessment 1


The term refugee is associated to individuals and families who have left their home country unwillingly to live on their own habitual residence due to fear of being persecuted for political and social reasons (United Nation General Assembly, 2010). This essay will explore the vital components of the Ottawa Charter through the discussion of the mental health status within the refugee community in Australia; the major issues that refugee faces during resettlement, and how nurses can impact on their mental health. Additionally throughout this essay the incorporation of my personal opinion to the topic will be incorporated.

Having a minimal exposure about the experiences of refugees in Australia, the images broadcast on television about illegal immigrants arriving on the shores of Australia and the dangerous lengths people go through to seek safety in   which often results in tragedy, are often the only publicity of refugee activity provided by the media. Australia has global commitments to protect the human rights of all asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia, regardless of how and where they arrive and whether they land with or without a visa. Refugee Council of Australia (2013) statistic shows that there are more than 18,000 asylum application lodges, and almost 5,000 of them are granted to arrive in Australia. Refugees arriving in Australia hoping to start a fresh only to be issued a Temporary Protection Visa(TPV) which legally allows them to stay in Australia for 36 months (Migration Act 1958) which highlights the position of refugees face the possibilities of returning back to their homelands. Nonetheless, Migration Act of 1958 specified that refuge seekers who arrive in Australia without a visa must be held in migration detainment and will be given a temporary protection until they are conceded or expelled from Australia. However, most of...