This groundbreaking study examines the social and political circumstances that have led to the “Fourth World” health standards of Australia's Indigenous population. Providing a systematic overview of the relationship between the social and political environment and health, leading researchers discuss the causes behind poor health outcomes and outline how such programs can be successful while reflecting on the long-term health effects that dispossession, colonial rule, and racism have had on the Indigenous people.
The opportunities and comfortable lifestyle available to most Australians have been denied to generations of Indigenous people. As a result some of Australia's original inhabitants suffer from what has been described as Fourth World' standards of health. This is out of place in a country that prides itself on egalitarianism and a fair go for all.
Bronwyn Carson is a researcher at the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin. He is the author of numerous articles on Indigenous health issues. Terry Dunbar is an Iwaidjan from the Northwest Arnhem region and a senior research fellow in the faculty of Education, Health and Science at Charles Darwin University. Richard D. Chenhall is a medical anthropologist and a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research. Ross Bailie is a professor of public health at the Menzies School of Health Research and an NHMRC senior research fellow.