HLTH2102 Indigenous Health for Health Sciences Assignment

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Running head: HEALTH BELIEFSHEALTH BELIEFSName of the student:Name of the university:Author note:
1 HEALTH BELIEFSThe main question for the deconstruction assignment is “Why don’t aboriginal people take careof their own health?”Stereotyping of the Native people:Stereotyping of the native people is not a very recent trend among the non-native people. It tendsback to centuries ago when the land of Australia was colonized by Europeans (Reed et al. 2017).In order to describe the mentality as well as the mindset of the person asking the question, it isimportant to travel back to time in order to discuss the era from where the trend of stereotypingnatives were first noted. Important determinants of native health inequality mainly comprises oflack of proper access to primary health care. Moreover lower standard of health infrastructurelike improper and unhealthy housing, lack of quality and nutritious food, sanitation had allaffected their health for a large number of years. Moreover they are not provided with scope foreducation and hence their financial condition could never be improved. All these determinants ofhealth need to be discussed in order to understand the poor health conditions of the nativeAustralians.Before the colonization of the Australians by the Europeans, about 500 peaceful natives residedin Australia with about 75000 people (Rix et al. 2015). Their culture was also about 60000 yearsand such an enriched culture was their pride which had made them the traditional custodians ofthe lands of the nation (Durey et al. 2016). Their culture had made them believe that everyphysical and mental health disorders can be attended by the culmination of effectivecomprehensive outlook for different spiritual and holistic interventions of lives (Kelaher et al.2014). They shared a strong bond with their motherland. However, their happiness was shortlived as James Cook, a European, initiated colonization of the area by the British army help as he
2 HEALTH BELIEFSfound it to be a good place for the accommodation of their overcrowded prisons. From this era,they started exploitation of the peace loving native people as they were not being able to cope upwith the shrewd mentality and planning of the British. Killing of native people to capture theirlands, spreading of dangerous diseases in the land, stealing their livelihood resources, destructionthe natural resources, emotional and physical violence and many others conflicts continued forlarge number of years (Treloar et al. 2016). They have made the population drunkards even wentto the extent of poisoning their food only to clear they form the land (Durey et al. 2016). Thenative people were given a little scope to develop their intellectual ability to stand up and fightback (Kelaher et al. 2014). Hence, the individual who asked the question should first ask “Werethe native Australians given the scope to be educated about their health? Was they made a part ofthe health medicine advancement?”Lack of scope for Native people:Native people were never given a scope to live respectfully and demand their rights onthe land. As the British people were more planned in their procedures, they made every situationadverse for the natives so that the community can never see the light of advancement. These hadmade the natives illiterate and they had failed to develop any habits which are benefitting fortheir health. The British never allowed them in their own constitution and considered them to bea part of their government. These had affected their self respect to a large extent for which theyhave never approached non natives people for the health concerns (Rix et al. 2015). Over theperiod of times, conflicts lead to severe conditions where more than half of the populationperished and those who stayed back lacked proper method of effective livelihood. Educationattainment is responsible for influencing health throughout lifespan. It is known that people whohave higher levels of education are able to get better access to healthy as well as social

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