Indigenous health: radical hope or groundhog day?

Hunter, Ernest (2014) Indigenous health: radical hope or groundhog day? Medical Journal of Australia, 200 (11). pp. 621-622.

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Abstract

Professor Ernest Hunter explains why learning from the past and investing strategically will have the best chance of success

In his book Radical hope: education and equality in Australia, Aboriginal lawyer, academic and land rights activist Noel Pearson contends:

"Governments and their bureaucracies are informed by everything other than memory of what was done five years ago, ten years ago and eighteen years ago. Politics are remembered, policies are not."

It also includes his 2004 Judith Wright Memorial Lecture, in which, reflecting on the political forces necessary to drive national change in Indigenous affairs, he notes:

"it will take a prime minister in the mould of Tony Abbott to lead the nation to settle the "unfinished business" between settler Australians and the other people who are members of this nation: the Indigenous people."

Item ID: 33926
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2015 04:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920303 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920302 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes @ 50%
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