Social determinants of health: rural Aboriginal men and participatory action research in Queensland Australia

Wenitong, Mark, Tsey, Komla, McCalman, Janya, Fagan, Ruth, Baird, Leslie, Patterson, David, Baird, Bradley, Whiteside, Mary, Cadet-James, Yvonne, and Wilson, Andrew (2005) Social determinants of health: rural Aboriginal men and participatory action research in Queensland Australia. In: Cant, Garth, Goodall, Anake, and Inns, Justine, (eds.) Discourses and Silences: Indigenous Peoples, Risks and Resistance. Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 277-287.

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Despite efforts to improve the Australian situation over the last 30 years, evidence suggests deterioration in many aspects of the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly men. This chapter analyses a participatory action research (PAR) process which aims to engage and support the members of a rural Aboriginal men's health group in Yarrabah, north Queensland to, in their own words 'take their rightful place in society'. A systematic approach to evaluating the range of activities of the group high-lighted its impact in significantly enhancing the men's capacity not only to make personal changes but also to link these changes with advocacy for the issues that are related to their broader oppression.

Item ID: 8180
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-0-473-10628-7
Keywords: Indigenous health; social determinants; Aboriginal men; participatory action research; wellbeing; Yarrabah
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2010 04:30
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 60%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Mens Health @ 40%
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