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Social Determinants of Indigenous Health - Bronwyn Carson

Social Determinants of Indigenous Health

eBook Published: 1st March 2007
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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.

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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


ISBN: 9781741761580
ISBN-10: 1741761581
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st March 2007
Publisher: A&U Academic
Edition Number: 1