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'We've always done it. Country is our counselling office': Masculinity, Nature-Based Therapy, and the Strengths of Aboriginal Men

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Prehn, J, 'We've always done it. Country is our counselling office': Masculinity, Nature-Based Therapy, and the Strengths of Aboriginal Men, Conference Proceedings of National Symposium Outdoor Health, 3 - 4 November, Online (In Press) [Plenary Presentation]


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Abstract

There is a dearth of studies exploring the effects of on-Country health and wellbeing programs for Aboriginal men, despite the natural world being a vital component of Aboriginal culture and identity. Using Indigenous standpoint theory, this qualitative study draws on a sample of 11 Aboriginal men in Tasmania to understand their experiences of participating in an on-Country menís health and wellbeing program. The study found that there are four key benefits. Firstly, on-Country programs can provide holistic improvements to participant health and wellbeing. Secondly, on-Country programs assist Aboriginal men to spend time on Country and practice Aboriginal culture. Thirdly, nCountry programs contribute to the establishment, enhancement, and maintenance of healthy social connections. Finally, nature-based therapy provides space for Aboriginal men to freely express components of their masculinity without marginalisation from settler-colonial society. This study demonstrates the need for Aboriginal men to have place and spaceí: place on Country, and safe spaces in which to share culture and worldviews and to express and value their masculinity.

Item Details

Item Type:Plenary Presentation
Keywords:Aboriginal men's health, social work, On Country, counselling
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men's health and wellbeing
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community service programs
UTAS Author:Prehn, J (Dr Jacob Prehn)
ID Code:147492
Year Published:In Press
Deposited By:Social Work
Deposited On:2021-11-04
Last Modified:2021-11-08
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