Contextualizing mental health nursing encounters in Australian remote Aboriginal communities: part 2, client encounters and interviews

Trueman, Scott W.T. (2013) Contextualizing mental health nursing encounters in Australian remote Aboriginal communities: part 2, client encounters and interviews. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34 (10). pp. 772-775.

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Abstract

[Extract] Knowledge of the history and oppression of Australian Aboriginal people and of their culture, beliefs, and customs is essential to the delivery of culturally competent mental health services. Before an encounter with a client occurs, there is a depth of information needed to facilitate the nurse's ability to interact with clients and communities. Last month's column provided detailed information of Aboriginal people's history and customs. A synopsis of that information is given here. The Missions and Reserves, on which Aboriginal Australians lived, were set up by government and church officials and were total institutions that subjected Aboriginal individuals to a life of historical injustices and suffering. While living on Aboriginal stations, many people experienced forced confinement; medical and household inspections; the imposition of strict religious observance and discipline; separation from, and removal of, their children; the breakdown of traditional values; and the banning of their languages and cultural practices. The resulting distrust of government and church officials carries over to mental health personnel.

Item ID: 29797
Item Type: Article (Non-Refereed Research)
ISSN: 1096-4673
Keywords: mental health nursing, Aboriginal, Australian indigenous, cultural safety, remote nursing
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 22:42
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 70%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 20%
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