Cultural Determinants on Health and Well- being of Native Australians

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Culture and Health
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1MAIN BODY...................................................................................................................................1PART A...........................................................................................................................................11. Identifying Traditional Custodians.........................................................................................12. Definition of health from indigenous perspective...................................................................1PART B............................................................................................................................................21. Impact of Racism and discrimination on health and well-being of indigenous Australians..2Part C...............................................................................................................................................21. Identifying and describing own cultural identity....................................................................22. Influence of cultural identity on beliefs about health and well being and choice ofhealthcare....................................................................................................................................3CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................3REFERENCES................................................................................................................................3
INTRODUCTIONOne of the important determining factor in healthcare preferences and practices is culture.From the public health and well-being point of view, culture with its customs, attitudes, normsand institutions have a strong impact on behaviour and has a straightforward effect on health andwelfare (Singer, 2012). This report discusses the indigenous understanding of wellness andanalyses influence of cultural determinants on health and well-being of native Australians.MAIN BODYPART A1. Identifying Traditional CustodiansEpping in Whittlesea Council is a suburb of Sydney, in the Australian state of New SouthWales, 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district.Traditional owners ofthis suburban area is the RAP corporation.There are around 52 clans identified in WhittleseaCouncil with numerous language groups from Queensland.The residents speak both English andAboriginal language (Labelle and et.al., 2010). Aboriginal English is used in the community sothat assistance may be required for complaints, victims, witnesses and offenders who comebefore the courts. The social indicators from 2016 Census for Woorabinda community includes:16.2% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 years and over hadcompleted 12 or equivalent.52.9% of dependent children in families with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanderpeople were from jobless families.2. Definition of health from indigenous perspectiveThe present priority of Australian Government is indigenous well-being. It is aconception of health that is actually holistic understanding of well-being. The NationalAboriginal Health Strategy (NAHS) defines health as:Health is not just the physical well-being of an individual but it is also the social,emotional and cultural wellness of whole community in which each person is able to achievetheir full potential as a human being thereby, bringing the total welfare of people.1
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