Relationships Between Culture, Healthcare And Health Outcomes

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Relationships between culture, healthcare and health outcomes
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Hampton, R. and Toombs, M. (2013). Chapter 2: Racism, colonisation/colonialism and impacts on Indigenous people. In Indigenous Australians and health. Oxford University Press: South Melbourne
This text outlines Australia’s historical colonial dominance and identifies colonialism direct impact on Indigenous health and culture.
The chapter provides a good summary of Australia’s history from an Indigenous perspective, highlighting issues of racism, health, disease, restrictions placed on cultural identity and practices through the processes of colonial dominance while providing a cross-examination of New Zealand and Canada colonialism experiences. Significant changes in Indigenous history occurred and lead to the labelling of eras such as, assimilation (1950s-1960), integration (1960s-1980s), self-determination and self-management (1970s-1990s) and reconciliation (1990s-). Colonisation directly affected Indigenous health, through human eradication, the introduction of disease, sugary processed food, alcohol, tobacco, forced changes in diet by excluding access to land and traditional hunting and gathering practices, emotional stress from restrictions enforced prohibiting cultural practices, separation and connection to country. Racism was prevalent and reflected in colonial and government practices, laws, living conditions and areas with many taking to drinking and unruly…

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