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Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing

Kingsley, Jonathan, Townsend, Mardie, Henderson-Wilson, Claire and Bolam, Bruce 2013, Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 678-698.

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Title Developing an exploratory framework linking Australian Aboriginal peoples' connection to country and concepts of wellbeing
Author(s) Kingsley, Jonathan
Townsend, Mardie
Henderson-Wilson, Claire
Bolam, Bruce
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 678
End page 698
Total pages 21
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1660-4601
1661-7827
Keyword(s) Aboriginal
country
health
nature
wellbeing
Summary Aboriginal people across Australia suffer significant health inequalities compared with the non-Indigenous population. Evidence indicates that inroads can be made to reduce these inequalities by better understanding social and cultural determinants of health, applying holistic notions of health and developing less rigid definitions of wellbeing. The following article draws on qualitative research on Victorian Aboriginal peoples' relationship to their traditional land (known as Country) and its link to wellbeing, in an attempt to tackle this. Concepts of wellbeing, Country and nature have also been reviewed to gain an understanding of this relationship. An exploratory framework has been developed to understand this phenomenon focusing on positive (e.g., ancestry and partnerships) and negative (e.g., destruction of Country and racism) factors contributing to Aboriginal peoples' health. The outcome is an explanation of how Country is a fundamental component of Aboriginal Victorian peoples' wellbeing and the framework articulates the forces that impact positively and negatively on this duality. This review is critical to improving not only Aboriginal peoples' health but also the capacity of all humanity to deal with environmental issues like disconnection from nature and urbanisation.
Language eng
Field of Research 111701 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
111712 Health Promotion
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, MDPI
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