Promoting Aboriginal Health: the Family Wellbeing Empowerment approach

Whiteside, Mary, Tsey, Komla, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and McCalman, Janya (2014) Promoting Aboriginal Health: the Family Wellbeing Empowerment approach. SpringerBriefs in Public Health . Springer, New York, NY, USA.

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Abstract

"Those of us who have worked on the frontline of Aboriginal health for any length of time know that beneath the surface reality of Aboriginal people's poor health outcomes sits a deeper truth. It is about the importance of social and emotional wellbeing, and how this flows from a sense of control over one's own life. Where this is lacking, as it is in so many Aboriginal families and communities, there is instead indifference and despair and a descent into poor lifestyle choices and self-destructive behaviours. Our medical professionals do a great job of prescribing medicines and devising treatment programs but, to fix the root causes of ill-health, we need something more. As Aboriginal people we need to have a sense of agency in our lives, that we are not stray leaves blowing about in the wind. In a word, we need empowerment".

Dr. Pat Anderson, Chairperson, the Lowitja Institute, Australia's National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

Item ID: 30945
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-04617-4
Keywords: health, empowerment, Aboriginal Australia, family wellbeing, grounded theory, social and emotional wellbeing, sustainability
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 02:58
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 80%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 20%
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