Essay on Indigenous Populations in Australia

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Surname1Culture of Ill Health Amongst the Aboriginals in AustraliaStudent’s nameInstitution
Surname2Culture of Ill Health Amongst the Aboriginals in AustraliaIntroduction:The indigenous population is essentially one of the most prominent yet unsolicited populationsacross several regions in the world [1]. The Pacific Ocean lines a few of the most prominentislands and coasts across the world including continents such as North and South America,Africa, Asia, and Australia [1]. Most of these continents possess the highest number ofindigenous people in the regions lined by the Pacific Ocean [1]. Approximately 28% of the globeis covered by the Pacific Ocean, which is higher than the land mass in the entire geography ofthe globe [1]. These regions are predominantly occupied by populations of indigenouscommunities [1]. The indigenous populations contribute to the highest population in the world[1]. These populations are mostly diverse and are composed of several indigenous diversities [1].The current essay primarily focuses on the definition of the communities of the indigenouspopulations in Australia [1]. Additionally, it focuses on the definition of the traditional practicesof the Australian Continent along with rationalizing the efforts of the Australian government andthe State regulations that attempt to bridge the gap between the Western medicine and theindigenous traditional practices in the health sector [1].The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has formulated several bodies and policies thatgovern the effective functioning of the medical services and the ‘Closing the Gap’ program thatfocuses on extending the services of the medical health care arena to the Aboriginals and TorresStrait Islander peoples of Australia [1].Indigenous populations:Indigenous communities of Australia are primarily grouped asAboriginals and the Torres Strait Islander peoples community [1, 2]. The definition of these
Surname3communities is of a debatable nature and a specific categorization of these communities has notbeen possible in literature [1, 2]. There are several prominent definitions in literature that attemptto define the term ‘indigenous population’ with complete understanding of the various factorsthat contribute to the categorization [1, 2]. The most important basis for the definition of theindigenous population includes the political categorization of people belonging to thesecommunities [1, 2]. There is a presence of colonization in these communities according to thesubordination of these populations to the political formulation [1, 2]. A few of the definitionsoutlined primarily place emphasis on the characteristic dynamics of the sociocultural existencesof these populations [1, 2]. The continent of Australia primarily includes the Aboriginalpopulations that are form the prominent population of the nation [1, 2]. The medical servicesthus need to be extended to the indigenous population as well as the non-indigenous individualsof the mainstream population [1, 2]. The difficulty in the conveyance of these services to theindigenous populations has to be essentially eliminated [1, 2]. The COAG and the health sectorfaces the challenge of streamlining the policies, education, services, and the awareness to theindigenous population because of an obvious disparity between these two systems [1, 2]. It isessential to understand the traditional practices of the indigenous populations including themedical beliefs of these populations [1, 2].Traditional health care practices of the indigenous communities:Most of the healthpractitioners and health providers face the primary challenge of providing health care services tothe indigenous community [3, 4]. The most important reason for the difficulty of providing thevarious services of health care includes the disparity in the health beliefs of these populations [3,4]. There are several beliefs of these communities in terms of the causation of the disease, itsprevention, and the treatment protocols of most diseases [3, 4]. The cultural differences in the
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