Empowerment and human rights in addressing violence and improving health in Australian Indigenous communities

Rees, Susan, Tsey, Komla, Every, Anne, Williams, Elaine, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and Whiteside, Mary (2004) Empowerment and human rights in addressing violence and improving health in Australian Indigenous communities. Health and Human Rights: an international journal, 8 (1). pp. 94-113.

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Abstract

Life expectancy for Indigenous Australians is approximately 20 years less than that of other Australians, and endemic family violence is a causal factor. This article discusses evaluation data gathered from an Indigenous empowerment program aimed at increasing personal empowerment in order to improve individual and social wellbeing. Our analysis of the data demonstrates the success of the program in building personal strength, increasing ability to assist others, and increasing motivation to challenge structural factors impacting on health equality. We consider the operational implications of a human rights framework and argue that empowerment programs and human rights discourse, focusing on exploration of self and an analysis of colonization, discrimination, and human rights, could empower individuals and communities with an innovative approach to challenging health inequality.

Item ID: 4512
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1079-0969
Keywords: community development; indigenous health
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 00:41
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 70%
92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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