Indigenous Australians and Health assists the reader, through simple and practical strategies, to appreciate and understand the importance of 'Getting it right', when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are more likely to have poorer health than other Australians. Indigenous people are more exposed to health risks such as smoking, poor nutrition, alcohol abuse, overcrowded housing and violence. Whilst there have been some improvements in the health and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, more needs to be done to 'close the gap' between the health status of Indigenous Australians and that of non-Indigenous Australians.
Goldenberg is a white, middle-aged doctor, worked as a relieving doctor for Aboriginal communities in remote places. On these visits he observed and recorded Aboriginal Australians lives. He writes: 'Aboriginal Australians are not at peace. They are variously unwell, underfed, overfed, afflicted excessively by our lifestyle diseases, confused by our drugs and drink, endowed with income but not with work, living in sickening poverty in paradisaical places; and distracted from their serious cultural business by the trappings of our serious cultural emptiness."
Includes the following resources:
Koorified: Aboriginal Communication and Well-being
The Making of a Great Relationship: A review of a healthy partnership between mainstream and Indigenous organisations
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association (NATSIHWA) developed their cultural safety framework in 2013 to increase the capability within the healthcare systems to deliver culturally safe and responsive health and well-being services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
A cultural education podcast which answers doctors’ questions about working with Aboriginal patients. Questions range from the practical, “Is it okay to make eye contact?” to cultural safety issues, “I want to know what Aboriginal people feel like when we talk to them, what makes them think that we're racist?”