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Nursing care and indigenous Australians: An autoethnography

Citation

Molloy, L, Nursing care and indigenous Australians: An autoethnography, Collegian, 24, (5) pp. 487-490. ISSN 1322-7696 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Australian College of Nursing Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2016.10.011

Abstract

Background: Public mental services in Australia have failed to provide culturally appropriate care for Indigenous Australians despite several national reports and policies that have attempted to promote service improvement in this area.

Purpose: This research focused on the experiences of working as a mental health nurse in an Australian public mental health service as the focal point for an autoethnography.

Method: The research used written journal reflections to critically explore culture within a public mental health service as it related to the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Findings: The mental health service was a place where white privilege was maintained through the dominance of the biomedical model of mental illness. Standardised approaches to nursing care further strengthened white privilege within the mental health service, and produced care practices that were unable to respond appropriately to the mental health needs of Indigenous Australians.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health services, nursing, Indigenous Australia, whiteness, autoethnography
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health system performance
UTAS Author:Molloy, L (Mr Luke Molloy)
ID Code:152314
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-08-17
Last Modified:2022-09-16
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