Indigenous Australians and Health

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Indigenous Australians and Health
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Ronald Frederick Hampton
Oxford Uni Press
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Can you see the wombat in the room? Indigenous Australians and Health assists the reader, through simple and practical strategies, to appreciate and understand the importance of 'Getting it right', when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in urban and remote areas. The text's key themes outline the fundamental and underlying components that continue to influence good health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It further seeks to provide an understanding of Indigenous Australian perspectives of their own health, and examines the historical connections between health and the impacts of colonisation, both past and present in Australia. By promoting awareness of culturally-based issues, which can impact on access and response to clinical health services, this book works to close the gap between the wider Australian community and Indigenous Australians in health outcomes and life expectancy. Features Fact boxes that will help you spot the wombat and dispel any preconceived notions. Rich with case examples, placement experiences and personal stories that show real experiences from the field. Gives insights into how health practitioners can influence healthier outcomes. Lots of questions to encourage students to reflect on their learning.
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Ronald Hampton is a Clinical Educator in Indigenous health. He is recognised as an Elder in the Toowoomba community, and is a past chairperson of Carbal Medical Centre, Toowoomba. Ron's ongoing commitments include positions as a community member of Queensland's Mental Health Review Tribunal; board member of LifeLine Darling Downs & South West Queensland; cultural educator with Central and Southern Queensland Training Consortium (a GP registrar training organisation) and working with the recently formed Medicare Local for the Darling Downs & South West Queensland region. Maree Toombs is the Director of Indigenous Health at The University of Queensland. A Kamilaroi/Kooma woman from Goodooga in north western New South Wales, Dr Toombs was the first Aboriginal person to be awarded a PhD from the University of Southern Queensland. Dr Toombs has been awarded an NHMRC Early Career Research Scholarship for 2013 which will advance research in co-morbidity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental illness and chronic physical illness. Dr Toombs is also a member of the expert advisory committee for Indigenous Health to the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand, and is the current Chairperson of Carbal Aboriginal Medical Centre in Toowoomba ContributorsPeter BakerNeeraj GillNoel Hayman Geoff SpurlingDarren GarveyAilsa MunnsSharon ThorpeAlyce WilsonRaelene WardMarissa ArnotEdna Sambo Jennifer Browne Michelle Crawford Andrew Crowden Julie BrimblecombeMegan Ferguson Alicia Henman Ernest Hunter Judith Myers Ann-Marie Thomas

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