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Religious Diversity in Australia


Ezzy, D, Religious Diversity in Australia, Culture, Diversity and Health in Australia: Towards Culturally Safe Health Care, Routledge, T Dune, K McLeod, and R Williams (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 160-174. ISBN 9780367686765 (2021) [Other Book Chapter]

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This chapter will explore religious diversity and how religion can impact delivery of health services. Students will be introduced to the main religious groups in Australia and explore how the different religions interact and are impacted on by the dominant Christian beliefs in Australia. The chapter will discuss how spirituality can assist people to end a sense of meaning or purpose in their lives in a way that is strongly influenced by cultural heritage. Students will be guided through activities to explore how religious beliefs adopted by people influence the way that individuals, families and community groups respond to significant life events like birth, illness, death and dying. Case studies will be provided as a basis for discussion about how health professionals can respond sensitively toward the beliefs and values of diverse religious groups in their care.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:health sociology, sociology of religion
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
ID Code:151687
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2022-08-03
Last Modified:2022-09-06

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