Aboriginal Health Promotion

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Health promotion and nursing interventions:
Within the public health sector – aboriginal health is a national health priority. There are strategies, actions plans and initiatives that share a focal point of Aboriginal education/employment (Government of Western Australia, n.d.), health maintenance, disease prevention and management. A campaign that shares this goal is that of ‘Close the Gap’, a government funded promotion that employs a focus to reduce indigenous disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement, and employment outcomes in order to reduce and eliminate disparities between western demographic groups with indigenous populations (Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet,
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To achieve cross-cultural efficiency, it is important to be mindful of language, preferences and aware of rituals and jargon. Avoid prolonged eye contact, or using inappropriate touch. In addition, provide advocacy appropriate service referral, ensure supportive and safe environments, utilise interpreters, linguistically appropriate printouts, cue cards, etc., (Department of Health & Human Services, 2012), with a goal of gaining trust and adequately conveying information and using teach-back methods to ascertain comprehension (Xu, 2012). It is also deemed effective as a nurse to frequently reflect upon patient care and communication, in order to facilitate skill building. Aboriginal pedagogy frameworks, whilst there are similarities, differ from that of westernised teaching within a contemporary classroom, thus, conveying knowledge utilising the eight ways of learning framework within Aboriginal culture will help to achieve comprehension and engagement in a contextualised sense (Educational Designers, 2014). In summation, it is important to be aware of the Aboriginal cultural aspects in terms of axiology, ontology, epistemology and methodology when connecting with an Aboriginal individual or community on such a …show more content…
The various benefits take form through prophylactic measures towards the development of disease, health improvement and maintenance but also appropriate management of chronic diseases. Attaining proficient levels of health literacy relies on a prerequisite foundation of literacy development or functional literacy, and can be achieved through schooling. Following basic literacy development, foundations can then be built upon through in a multifaceted approach. This can be achieved through scaffolding via nurses and other medical staff in their role as health promoters by the delivery of patient education as well as through primary health care and health promotion in its varying forms, e.g. campaigns, services etc (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, n.d.). The rates of poor health within the aboriginal populations, with particular respect to groups with multifactorial risk (remote regions, lack of resources, low socio-economical status, poor education levels, etc.), require focus in building capacity in order to improve and maintain health, prevent disease development and adequately manage chronic disease. There may be many challenges that present whilst assessing and building upon foundations of health literacy, however, through cultural

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