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Social Determinants of Indigenous Health

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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.
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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...Shifting the focus from individual behaviour, to the social and political circumstances that influence people's lives and ultimately their health, helps us to understand the origins of poor health. It can also guide action to bring about change. Social Determinants of Indigenous Health offers a systematic overview of the relationship between the social and political environment and health...Highly respected contributors from around Australia examine the long-term health impacts of the Indigenous experience of dispossession, colonial rule and racism. They also explore the role of factors such as poverty, class, community and social capital, education, employment and housing. They scrutinise the social dynamics of making policy for Indigenous Australians, and the interrelation between human rights and health.
Finally, they outline a framework for effective health interventions, which take social factors into consideration...This is a groundbreaking work, developed in consultation with Indigenous health professionals and researchers. It is essential reading for anyone working in Indigenous health.
Bronwyn Carson is a Researcher with the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin and has published a number of articles and chapters on Indigenous health issues. ..Terry Dunbar is an Iwaidjan person from north-west 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 an NHMRC Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research. ..Ross Bailie is Professor of Public Health at the Menzies School of Health Research and an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow.
Figures, tables and boxes..Contributors..Acknowledgments..Introduction - Terry Dunbar, Bronwyn Carson, Richard D. Chenhall and Ross Bailie..1 Defining what we mean - Sherry Saggers and Dennis Gray..2 Understanding the processes - Ian Anderson..3 History - Jessie Mitchell..4 Racism - Yin Paradies..5 Poverty and social class - Maggie Walter and Sherry Saggers..6 Social capital - Fran Baum..7 Education - Terry Dunbar and Margaret Scrimgeour..8 Employment and welfare - Maggie Walter and Gavin Mooney..9 Country - Paul Burgess and Joe Morrison..10 Housing - Ross Bailie..11 Policy processes - Ian Anderson..12 Human rights - Natalie Gray..13 Interventions and sustainable programs - Kathleen Clapham, Kerin O'Dea and Richard D. Chenhall..Index
Short Title
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF INDIGEN
Pages
306
Publisher
Allen & Unwin Academic
Language
English
ISBN-10
174175142X
ISBN-13
9781741751420
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
362.108
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-09-30
Imprint
Allen & Unwin
Place of Publication
Sydney
Country of Publication
Australia
Edited by
Bronwyn Carson
Edition
1st
Author
Bronwyn Carson (ed)

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