Health issues among Filipino women in remote Queensland

Aust J Rural Health. 2001 Aug;9(4):150-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1038-5282.2001.00342.x.


This paper discusses health issues among Filipinas (women born in the Philippines) living in remote and rural environments in Queensland. The sample was recruited as part of the University of Queensland component of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health (ALSWH). Most of the women lived in an urban or semi-urban area (391), whereas 90 lived in rural or remote areas. Community perceptions had a much greater impact on health service utilisation in rural and remote areas than in urban areas. The transition between newcomer and old-timer is more difficult for Filipinas than for other rural women because they are visibly different from other members of the community and suffer from stigmatisation associated with perceptions of Filipinas as mail order brides. For these women, concerns about confidentiality and a reluctance to ask for support are major barriers to health service utilisation. The area of greatest concern is mental health, particularly in relation to parenting issues. Improving access may involve providing a greater awareness of what services are available and allowing women to access services in a way that does not require them to label themselves or be labelled by others.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment / organization & administration*
  • Philippines / ethnology
  • Prejudice
  • Queensland
  • Rural Health*
  • Social Values
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women / psychology*
  • Women's Health*