Justice, Culture and the Political Determinants of Indigenous Australian Health

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Abstract

Indigenous Australian health is distinguished by a median age of death in the order of 20 years less than that of the non-Indigenous population (ABS, 2009). This makes Australia unique among comparable post-colonial societies in failing to make substantive reductions to the Indigenous/non-Indigenous health differential. Relatively poor Indigenous housing, educational attainment, labour market participation and access to traditional resources for economic purposes contribute to the differential. These contributing variables have an inherently political character which is integral to examining the just distribution of public authority, the purpose of political activity, equal political participation and cultural responsiveness in the provision of health services, as important theoretical considerations in reducing cross-cultural inequities in the burden of disease.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-705
Number of pages19
JournalEthnicities
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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In: Ethnicities, Vol. 12, No. 6, 12.2012, p. 687-705.

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