If you knew the end of a story would you still want to hear it? Using research poems to listen to Aboriginal stories

Saunders, Vicki, Usher, Kim, Tsey, Komla, and Bainbridge, Roxanne (2016) If you knew the end of a story would you still want to hear it? Using research poems to listen to Aboriginal stories. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 29 (1). pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

This paper presents a poem created whilst conducting an inquiry into one of the endings of stories told of, and by, people living with mental illness: this story ending is grouped by a word (and social movement) widely known as Recovery in mental health care. Recovery, however, is not a word commonly used in the places where this Inquiry occurred. Nor is it a category of story ending often told about Australian Aboriginal people living with a diagnosis of chronic mental illness. This inquiry was, and is, thus focussed on how the current endings of stories that surround Australian Aboriginal peoples in mental health care are being/were told and “heard”. This paper is an attempt to use poetry as a therapeutic and storytelling strategy to highlight the difference between hearing and listening, and how that difference relates to the word Recovery as a paradigm shift and story of social change.

Item ID: 37675
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Aboriginal people, Australia, hope, illness, mental health, poetic inquiry, recovery, storytelling
ISSN: 1567-2344
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC Postgraduate Awards Scholarship
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 04:02
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 > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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