Ensuring Rights: Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Female International Students in Australia

Authors

  • Carolyn Poljski Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Australia
  • Regina Quiazon Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Australia
  • Chau Tran Latrobe University, Australia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v4i2.475

Keywords:

sexual and reproductive health, international students, Australia, sexual and reproductive health, international students, Australia

Abstract

Drawing on the research and advocacy work being conducted by the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH), a national community-based organization in Victoria, Australia, the paper analyzes female international students’ experiences with accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services. Accessibility of sexual and reproductive health services is one of a number of areas identified by MCWH in which international students experience unequal treatment. The limitations of international students’ mandatory health insurance is of particular concern because it appears to conflict with Australia’s human rights obligations to take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination and to ensure appropriate services in connection with pregnancy. Given the social, cultural and economic benefits international students bring to the country in which they choose to study, state action on equitable health access for international students is urgently called for.

Author Biographies

Carolyn Poljski, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Australia

Carolyn Poljski completed a Master of Public Health at Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia. She was the researcher on the “Women’s Health Connect” and “Creating Healthier Pathways” Projects. 

Regina Quiazon, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Australia

Dr. Regina Quiazon completed her PhD in cultural studies at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. She currently works at Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health as the Senior Research and Policy Advocate and continues to work on the FISRA Program.

Chau Tran, Latrobe University, Australia

Chau Bao Tran recently completed her Master of Public Health at Latrobe University, Victoria, Australia. She currently works as a bilingual health educator at Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. 

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Published

2014-04-01

How to Cite

Poljski, C., Quiazon, R., & Tran, C. (2014). Ensuring Rights: Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Female International Students in Australia. Journal of International Students, 4(2), 150–163. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v4i2.475

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Research Articles