Culture and Health

Exploring the intersection of human rights, health, disability and refugee status: An arts-based approach

The study uses an intersectional approach that employs arts research to bring to light the embodied experiences of refugees in Australia, who come from countries with histories of human rights violations and live at the intersection of multiple axes of marginalisation and may face multiple challenges in building a new life in Australia. Little is known about the specific experiences of those also living with a disability and how this may affect their health entitlements. Bringing together real-life experiences of displacement and disability with interdisciplinary researchers and a range of clinicians and service providers, an overview of the issues faced by refugees with disabilities in Australia is presented. It then discusses how arts research can help generate academic and policy discourses that are more attentive to the needs, priorities and identities of refugees with disabilities.