The Driving for Change Project: Partnering with the Taxi Industry to improve the health of men from culturally diverse backgrounds
2016 PHC Research Conference: Poster abstract
Context and aims
Many men, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, have low rates of help-seeking for mental health problems and are frequently outside the scope of community-based mental health interventions. One approach to delivering mental health interventions to hard-to-reach groups is by focusing on occupational settings with a high proportion of the target population – in this case the Victorian taxi industry where 92% of drivers are male and 2/3 are born overseas. This study examines the prevalence of psychological problems and approaches to help-seeking among men working in the Victorian taxi industry.
Ten-minute face to face survey interviews will be conducted with 375 taxi drivers recruited from the Melbourne airport holding yard, a regional taxi network depot and Victorian Taxi Association functions. The survey includes measures of psychological distress, exposure to trauma, social support and health service use. Data will also be collected on smoking and exercise behaviour. All measures are comparable with readily available population level data.
We will report the results of the survey and compare the prevalence of psychological distress, exposure to trauma, social support, smoking and exercise in Victorian taxi drivers with prevalence rates in the general population (adjusted for sex and age).
Innovative contribution to policy, practice and/or research
The results of this study will be used to identify the most important health issues facing men working in the taxi industry. This information will be used to develop a mental health intervention for this typically hard to reach population.
Women's and men's health
Davidson S, Wadley G, Reavley N, Russon P, Gunn J. (2016). The Driving for Change Project: Partnering with the Taxi Industry to improve the health of men from culturally diverse backgrounds. In: 2016 Primary Health Care Research Conference: Program & Abstracts. Primary Health Care Research and Information Service, Australia. phcris.org.au/conference/abstract/8335
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