Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

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Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is significantly poorer than all other Australian across all markers of health, life expectancy is lower, hospitalisation rates for communicable and chronic diseases and mental health is higher across the lifespan. There are multiple contributing factors to the health inequalities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples include access to health services, poor nutrition, poor living conditions, lack of culturally safe and culturally respectful health care, human rights and social justice inequities. This chapter will will cover:•Meaning of health from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective•Influence of history on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health•Contemporary Australian Indigenous health services, organisations and distribution of healthcare resource. •Cultural safety and culturally appropriate care
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNursing Australia
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Professional Practice and Insights
EditorsNathan J. Wilson, Peter Lewis, Leanne Hunt, Lisa Whitehead
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter6
Pages53-63
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781003120698
ISBN (Print)9780367643881
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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