Decolonisation: a critical step for improving Aboriginal health

Contemp Nurse. 2006 Sep;22(2):178-90. doi: 10.5172/conu.2006.22.2.178.

Abstract

Aboriginal health continues to be in crisis in Australia although expenditure has increased in service provision, strategic planning, research and policy development over the last thirty years. This paper recommends that a shift must occur to make Aboriginal health improvement a reality. This shift requires the decolonising of Aboriginal health so that the experts in Aboriginal health, namely Aboriginal people, can voice and action initiatives that address their health issues. This shift is from the current western dominant approach that continues to manage Aboriginal health in its linear spectrum of illness and disease. Aboriginal people view health differently; their contexts for health issues are also diverse requiring a more holistic and informed response.

MeSH terms

  • Health Planning
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion*
  • Health Services, Indigenous
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Nursing
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group*
  • Prejudice