Indigenous men taking their rightful place in society? A follow up report

Tsey, Komla, Patterson, David, Whiteside, Mary, Baird, Leslie, Baird, Bradley, and Tsey, Kwame (2003) Indigenous men taking their rightful place in society? A follow up report. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 11 (6). pp. 285-286.

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Abstract

Our recent paper in this journal analysed the early stages of a participatory action research process (PAR) designed to support members of a men’s health group in Yarrabah, a rural Aboriginal community near Cairns (north Queensland), take greater control and responsibility for the factors influencing their health and well-being. 1 The main outcome of the formative PAR process was the development of a two-year operational plan that, in the words of men’s group participants, would allow them to ‘take their rightful place’ in present day Australian society. The plan focuses on three main identified priority issues for men: development of greater parenting and personal development skills; relevant education and training programs that would enhance ‘real’ employment opportunities; and promotion of Aboriginal tradition and culture.

Given that there is a lack of literature addressing the role of men’s groups in improving health and well-being, especially in Indigenous communities, ongoing analysis and documentation of this initiative has been a priority. This follow up report summarises some of the key challenges in the first 12 months of the 2-year implementation process and highlights the value of the PAR process in addressing these challenges.

Item ID: 8136
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Indigenous; men; society; participatory action research; health; wellbeing; men's groups; Yarrabah
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ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2010 01:13
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111712 Health Promotion @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 40%
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