Deconstruction Essay on Indigenous Health

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Deconstruction Essay
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1TERMINOLOGIES........................................................................................................................1ASSUMPTIONS.............................................................................................................................1CONCEPTS....................................................................................................................................2SYNTHESIS AND STEREOTYPES.............................................................................................3DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION............................................................................................4REFERENCES...............................................................................................................................5
INTRODUCTIONIndigenous health is defined as the cultural, social, emotional and physical well-being andsafety of aboriginals or Indigenous Australians. As compare to remaining Australiancommunities indigenous people suffer from more health concerns and are often less concernedregarding the same(Ralph & et.al., 2017). It has been observed that these people show minimalinterest or attempts for their complete well-being. There are several factors which underpin thisattitude of Indigenous Australians. The report will deconstruct the issue so that responsiblefactors can be identified and effective strategies can be developed for the cultural and healthsafety issues.TERMINOLOGIESAboriginals are defined as the people inhabiting a particular land or region prior to thearrival of colonists or from the earliest times. These are also known as inhabitants which havedeveloped across Australia for several years and share complex genetic history(Taylor &Guerin, 2019). Being the inheritors of the ancient and oldest culture on the planet it is veryessential that along with their traditions, cultural and unique identity their physical and mentalhealth must be improved so that they can also link with the main stream of society or otherAustralians.ASSUMPTIONSIt has been assumed that aboriginal is strictly bounded with their cultural and socialpractices which may not sound appropriate to post-colonial practices or generations. This forms astrong basis for racial discrimination against aboriginals. It is assumed that in terms of education,health, employment opportunities and sociocultural structures aboriginals have their own set offrameworks which are greatly different from the present frameworks of Australian government.Thus, the community members have strong belief that government, health care communities arejust making policies to abolish their traditional practices, land and other resources. This servesthe prime reason due to which there exists a huge gap between health status of aboriginals.In addition to this on the basis of education level, wealth and current position in the socialstructure health care service providers tend to be less focused and accountable on healthprograms or strategies for aboriginals(Waterworth & et.al., 2016). Due to narrow participationand interaction of aboriginals health professionals and welfare authorities also find it easy to shifttheir accountability and responsibility. Thus, it can be analysed that there are several factors1
contribute to the minimal or negligible concern or interest of aboriginal in taking care of theirown health.CONCEPTSA variety of factors contribute to the poor indigenous health. Along with the several otherfactors the perspective and behaviour of aboriginals is also one of the reason which leads to suchcrisis in aboriginal health. The indigenous communities are not able to access the resourceswhich can make them a comfortable or safe living. There are very few or negligible cohesivepublic policies which address the ground issues faced by indigenous community. The indigenouscommunities have higher vulnerability of developing chronic diseases, infections and otherhealth care issues(Paradies, 2016). These communities are often discriminated and thus theyrarely get any chance to explore the services and opportunities provided to other people.Majority of aboriginal Australians who lives in rural areas have low income and thus it ischallenging for them to have nutritional food intake. Thus, for these people the prior focus is onkeeping themselves alive or to emphasis on source of livelihood instead of choosing healthy ornon-healthy food. There has been vast difference between priorities and necessity of aboriginals.For instance overcoming the issue of starvation is the major concern for adults and thus they payless attention to the nutritional intake of their families or even themselves. Education andawareness plays a significant role in enhancing the well-being of an individual. However, thelack of education and awareness of health care polices and services act as major factor makingaboriginals to put minimum efforts in their own care(Sarnyai, Berger & Jawan, 2016). Thereare several practices such as tobacco, alcohol consumption, sugar rich diet or the food causingrapid weight gain which are part of the cultural practices of indigenous people. Thus, strictadherence to these practices irrespective of other social transformations aboriginals remain lessfocused on preventive practices of health care. This can be one of the potential reason thatgovernment authorities does not consider aboriginals as having equal rights. In 1960 theseaboriginals were recognized as Australian citizens so that their health can also become a matterof priority for the state officials. Prior to the 1960 official policy of assimilation aimed to assurethat discriminatory practices towards aboriginals are abolished so that all individuals can haveequal rights and facilities(Aboriginal health, 2019). The independent health communities such asACCHs ( Aboriginal community controlled health organizations) so that health initiatives and2
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