Aboriginals And Torres Strait Islanders Research Paper

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This short essay will discuss why health care practitioners need to undertake cultural education/training. And how, the delivery of primary health care by health care practitioners to Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders is very important. In the past, health care to Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders was inadequate. Further the delivery of care failed to improve overtime. One of reasons for this failure is that health care practitioners luck of understanding the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders’ culture. That is why it is important health practitioners take cultural education and training. With proper understanding, special health care services can move forward and focus on the needs of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.…show more content…
By attending the cultural training and education, the health care practitioners (non-aboriginals) will be aware of how important it is to keep up with new approaches and communicate with Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. “A raft of names has been used to describe care to Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders women and families including: cultural safety; cultural responsiveness; cultural capacity; cultural competence; cultural capability; cultural security; cultural respect; and cross-cultural efficacy” (Department of Health and Aging (2012), pg.7). These trainings can also help to build trust between health care practitioners and Indigenous people. This can then lead to improved health care, living standards such as comfort and safety within Indigenous community. In a conclusion, if healths care practitioners can show more understanding of Indigenous culture. And by taking proper cultural education and training, this is of high importance as this would improve health and relationship with Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. Indigenous people will show more respect to the health care practitioners and the health care system and will accept more…show more content…
• Assimilation policies, such as removing children from Indigenous families. One of the consequences of psychological distress is that Indigenous people have predisposition to “suicide and intentional self harm; anger and aggression and also problems with gambling; and smoking.” (Kelly, K., et al., (2009), pg. 11.). Removal of the Indigenous children was one of the most vital factors that contributed to their psychological distress, emotional and mental health problems which then lead to poorer physical health and chronic disease (Barlett, B., Legge, D., (1994). To conclude, social determinants such as inequitable social policy, social injustice and unfair economic arrangements and poor politics further affected Australian Indigenous people’s social and emotional wellbeing through: • Poverty and Poor housing • Overcrowding • Poor standard of domestic and community hygiene • Lack of education and knowledge • Lack of employment opportunities • Psychological distress • Cultural dislocation and loss of power, discrimination • Identity issue (language groups and traditional
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