Culture, nursing and Indigenous health

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Abstract

his chapter aims to provide the beginnings of an understand-ing of culture, nursing and Indigenous Australian health. It is centred on the following philosophical belief: ‘If we take the time to develop enough trust to learn from each other how not to be Binan Goonj—that is, “hearing but not listening”—we can arrive at a shared understanding of how best to communicate’ (Eckermann et al. 2006, p. 104). It is acknowledged from the outset that Indigenous Australian cultures are unique to the Australian continent and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (known collectively throughout this text as Indigenous Australians) have a specific mention in this chapter as they are the first peoples of Australia and because of the significant dis-parities in health outcomes for Indigenous Australians. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013–2023 seeks a culturally respectful and non-discriminatory health system with nurses playing a critical role in transform-ing the health system (Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) 2013a).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKozier and Erb's fundamentals of nursing
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, process, and practice
EditorsAudrey Berman
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Vic. Australia
PublisherPearson Australia Group
Chapter19
Pages323-347
Number of pages25
Edition4th
ISBN (Electronic)9781488620126
ISBN (Print)9781488613647
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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