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Gendered Indigenous Health and Wellbeing within the Australian Health System: A Review of the Literature


Fredericks, B and Daniels, C and Judd, J and Bainbridge, R and Clapham, K and Longbottom, M and Adams, M and Bessarab, D and Collard, L and Andersen, Clair and Duthie, D and Ball, R, Gendered Indigenous Health and Wellbeing within the Australian Health System: A Review of the Literature, CQ University, Australia, pp. 66. ISBN 978-1-921047-30-5 (2017) [Authored Other Book]


This report discusses the outcomes of a review of gendered Indigenous health literature involving a systematic search of peer-reviewed and grey literature, and government and non-government reports.

Traditionally, Indigenous men and women maintained distinct gendered realities. Colonisation and the subsequent introduction of the patriarchal system altered these realities, negatively impacting on Indigenous menís and womenís health and wellbeing in a cumulative and continuing way.

This report provides an overview of gendered Indigenous perspectives of health and wellbeing, and discusses some of the intervention strategies in Australia that have attempted to address these issues. In providing a context for understanding gendered Indigenous health perspectives, this report discusses the place of Indigenous peoples in contemporary Australian society and the complex historical factors that inform the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Systemic racism is embedded within systems and institutions in Australia. Racism and the combined effects of social, political and historical determinants, influence the health outcomes experienced by Indigenous peoples. Mainstream primary healthcare services have failed to meet the health and wellbeing needs of Indigenous peoples. In contrast, the emerging network of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services provide culturally appropriate health care and outperform mainstream services in the health and wellbeing outcomes achieved for Indigenous peoples. Maintaining and expanding these health services through appropriate government funding strategies is vital for improved healthcare outcomes for Indigenous men and women.

Future research is needed to not only describe the situation of gendered Indigenous health and wellbeing, but to involve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men in the ways that health services serve this community. More work is needed to build strong evidence of what works in improving gendered Indigenous health outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Other Book
Keywords:gendered health and wellbeing, Australia, indigenous, literature review
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Andersen, Clair (Associate Professor Clair Andersen)
ID Code:123724
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (SR120100005)
Deposited By:Curriculum and Academic Development
Deposited On:2018-01-22
Last Modified:2018-06-08

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