Australia's aboriginal population and mental health

Parker, Robert (2010) Australia's aboriginal population and mental health. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198 (1). pp. 3-7.

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Abstract

It appears that mental illness was present in Australian Aboriginal culture prior to European colonization of Australia but was, most likely, a relatively rare occurrence. The much greater prevalence of mental illness and suicide in the current Aboriginal population is a reflection of the significant disruption to Aboriginal society and has a strong context of social and emotional deprivation. Management of the issues of mental illness in Aboriginal people requires a strong emphasis on cultural safety along with the recognition of family, culture and community in any therapeutic process.

Item ID: 15258
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1539-736X
Keywords: Australian Aboriginal; mental illness; cultural safety; suicide
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Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 02:19
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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