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Cardiovascular disease prevention among Chinese immigrants in Australia

Dr Melody Ding, Institution: University of Sydney

2016 Future Leader Fellowship

Years funded: 2017-2021


Australia is undergoing a major demographic transition where immigrants are making up a large proportion of the population. Currently, 2% of Australian citizens were born in China, which is the largest source of permanent immigrants. Preliminary research suggests potential inequity in cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes among Chinese immigrants. However, Chinese immigrants’ CVD risk has not been systematically researched in Australia.

My research aims to:
  1. Identify CVD risk factor profiles and disease characteristics among Chinese immigrants in contrast with non-Chinese;
  2. Examine CVD-specific health literacy, cultural practice, health information seeking and access; and identify cultural, linguistic, social and environmental enablers of/barriers to CVD-specific health information and healthcare utilisation; and identify gaps in current healthcare and prevention systems; and
  3. Use best practice approaches to develop culturally appropriate, cost-efficient, sustainable, and scalable interventions to address needs for CVD primary and secondary prevention among Chinese immigrants.
The proposed research will lay the groundwork for CVD prevention research among immigrants in Australia with evidence and methodologies transferrable to other immigrant communities. It will provide much-needed evidence in the rapidly changing Australian society and identify potential solutions to inequity in CVD health through community engagement and participation.

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