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'It all comes back to community!': A qualitative study of Aboriginal Elders promoting cultural well-being


Cox, T and Hoang, H and Mond, J and Cross, M, 'It all comes back to community!': A qualitative study of Aboriginal Elders promoting cultural well-being, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 29 Article 909-917. ISSN 1440-1584 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12791


Objective:T o examine Australian Aboriginal Elders’ (Elders) views on their contributions to and their potential to contribute to the well-being of their community.

Design: Participatory action research methodology was employed. Data collection methods included yarning interviews and group circle discussions. Data were thematically analysed.

Setting: The project was undertaken in collaboration with Elders from a discrete Aboriginal community in rural/remote Tasmania, an island state in southern Australia.

Participants: Twelve Aboriginal community Elders. Intervention: N/A.

Main outcome measures: N/A.

Results: Elders were promoting cultural well-being through interconnected themes of mentoring, cultural healing and seeking balance between health services and the community's cultural foundation. Cultural values, identity, community cohesion and connections to country were further embedded in these themes.

Conclusion: The study findings draw attention to the age-old wisdom of Aboriginal Elders, who actively promote cultural well-being as a main determinant of community health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginal Elders, community health, cultural well-being, participatory action research
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Rural and remote health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Cox, T (Mr Terry Cox)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
UTAS Author:Cross, M (Dr Merylin Cross)
ID Code:147694
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2021-11-11
Last Modified:2022-03-18

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