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Table 1 Interview schedule for Afghan women and men

From: How do Australian maternity and early childhood health services identify and respond to the settlement experience and social context of refugee background families?

About you and your family

• Date of birth (Q)


• Country of birth; transit country; year of arrival in Australia (Q)


• Hazara, Pashtu or Tajik background (Q)


• Other children: age & country of birth (Q)


• Household composition (Q)


• Schooling (Q)


• English proficiency; literacy in own language


• Health care concession card (Q)


• Paid employment (Q)


• Transport (Q)

About your pregnancy care

• Gestation at first antenatal check-up (Q)


• Knowledge of health system; accessing care


• Who provided care; location of care; getting to care


• Husband’s attendance; role at visits


• Interpreter required; experience of language support


• Attendance at emergency departments


• Experience of screening tests; explanation of results


• Interactions with care providers


• Knowledge and attendance at childbirth education


• Information about pregnancy and maternity care


• Good things about care; what could have been better

Having your baby

• Place of birth (Q)


• Arrival at hospital


• Family/friends present


• Language: who interpreted; experience of language support


• Care providers: interaction; explanations


• Mode of birth (Q)


• Good things about care; what could have been better

After the birth

• Length of stay; reason for going home


• Overall experience of hospital care


• Infant feeding; support for breastfeeding issues


• Home visits following birth


• Interpreter use; experience of language services


• Experience of Maternal and Child Health Services: access; continuity; liked/didn’t like about care; what could have been better


• Visits to General Practitioners

Psychosocial issues

• Asked about: relationship problems; feelings of sadness or depression; your family here and overseas; financial worries; violence at home; housing problems; legal problems (Q)


• Experience of being asked about things happening in life

Support during and after pregnancy

• Accessing information about own health & child health


• Knowledge and use of local services (e.g. refugee specific services; playgroups; legal services) for self and husband (Q)

Overall views of care

• Asked about & able to follow traditional practices


• Perceived discrimination (e.g. talked down to, treated unfairly) (Q)

Role of men

• Life as an Afghan man in Australia

• Role as a father in Australia compared with Afghanistan

  1. (Q): Quantitative item.