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dc.contributor.authorCummings, Douglasen_US
dc.contributor.authorRowe Minniss, Fionaen_US
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Neilen_US
dc.contributor.authorSomerset, Shawnen_US
dc.contributor.editorJohn Loween_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T08:34:52Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T08:34:52Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.modified2013-07-17T22:58:06Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/24602
dc.description.abstractOne of Australia's foremost public health challenges is to meet the unique health requirements of refugees settling in this country. There is compelling evidence that community gardens can enhance health and overall quality of life (QoL) by influencing physical activity, psychosocial fulfilment and food choices; particularly important among vulnerable populations such as refugees. This study explored how African refugee perceptions of QoL are influenced by participation in a campus-based community garden, the Griffith University Community Food Garden (GUCFG). This qualitative case study was underpinned by the theory of ethnography and involved six in-depth, semi structured interviews as the primary data collection method. Additionally, participant observations were used to inform data collection, interpretation, and analysis. Three key elements emerged as having an influence on perceptions of QoL: using the garden as a physical space, participation, and garden membership. Being a member of the garden contributed to participants' trust, mutual aid and reciprocity among gardeners, and sense of belonging to the garden. Participation in the garden allowed for skills and knowledge sharing, meaningful labour, and increased physical activity. The garden space provided otherwise unavailable space to grow nutritious and culturally appropriate food. Garden participation improved perceived QoL in this group of African refugees, suggesting this as a valid mechanism to enhance QoL, and therefore health, of refugee populations and assist their settlement into Australian communities.en_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.format.extent193719 bytes
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherNo data provideden_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.populationhealthcongress.org.au/en_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationYen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenamePopulation Health Congress 2008en_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitlePopulation Health Congress 2008. A Global World - Practical Action for Health and Well-beingen_US
dc.relation.ispartofdatefrom2008-07-06en_US
dc.relation.ispartofdateto2008-07-09en_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationBrisbaneen_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321205en_US
dc.titleQuality of Life and Community Gardens: African refugees and the Griffith University Community Food Garden.en_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE2 - Conference Publications (Non HERDC Eligible)en_US
dc.type.codeE - Conference Publicationsen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Public Healthen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2008 Australian Health Promotion Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the conference's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_US
gro.date.issued2008
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