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If the land is healthy...it makes the people healthy : the relationship between caring for country and health for the Yorta Yorta nation, Boonwurrung and Bangerang Tribes

Kingsley, Jonathan 'Yotti', Townsend, Mardie, Phillips, Rebecca and Aldous, David 2009, If the land is healthy...it makes the people healthy : the relationship between caring for country and health for the Yorta Yorta nation, Boonwurrung and Bangerang Tribes, Health and place, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 291-299, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.05.009.

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Title If the land is healthy...it makes the people healthy : the relationship between caring for country and health for the Yorta Yorta nation, Boonwurrung and Bangerang Tribes
Author(s) Kingsley, Jonathan 'Yotti'
Townsend, Mardie
Phillips, Rebecca
Aldous, David
Journal name Health and place
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 291
End page 299
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 1353-8292
1873-2054
Keyword(s) health
wellbeing
spirituality
indigenous people
land management
Summary This article reports on research undertaken with members of three Indigenous groups in Victoria, Australia, to explore the health and wellbeing implications of caring for Country (defined as having knowledge, sense of responsibility and inherent right to be involved in the management of traditional lands). The research findings provide a better understanding of this key determinant of the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people in the context of public health where there are few existing published studies assessing this relationship. Thirteen traditional custodians1 and local Indigenous environmental workers were interviewed. This qualitative study involving semi-structured interviews identified that caring for Country offers great benefits, including building self-esteem, fostering self-identity, maintaining cultural connection and enabling relaxation and enjoyment through contact with the natural environment. Results generated indicate that caring for Country may offer a means of improving the current poor health status of Indigenous Australian peoples.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.05.009
Field of Research 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Socio Economic Objective 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022870

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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