Woman dancing dreaming: Psychosocial benefits of the aboriginal outstation movement

Med J Aust. 1976 Dec 18-25;2(25-26):939-42.


The establishment of an Aboriginal outstation, or small autonomous community, is described. Some of the beneficial psychosocial changes observed during an eighteen-month period are described, and some possible reasons for them outlined. The outstation movement is presented as a viable, Aboriginal-initiated solution to some of the dilemmas facing present-day Australian Aborigines.

MeSH terms

  • Aggression
  • Alcohol Drinking
  • Australia
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Traditional
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group*
  • Social Change*
  • Social Control, Informal
  • Social Environment*