Social Determinants Have Impacted Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander People 's Health And Wellbeing

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1. How can you draw on your own family’s history and culture to gain an understanding of how these social determinants have impacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health and wellbeing?
The social determinants of health are defined by WHO as “those factors that raise or lower the level of health in a population or individual” (Department of Health, 2013, p. 3). These factors help us to identify trends, observe the health of groups in society and discover why some groups are healthier than others. They are a key to prevention of disease or illness. These social determinants include education, occupation, income, gender, race, history and land (Agnell et al., 2016).

By drawing on my own family’s history and culture, I am able to gain a greater understanding of how these social determinants have impacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health and wellbeing. Dating back to the mid 20th century when my ancestors were living in Malaysia, living in a luxurious house on a golf course, with their own cook and drivers, as well as a solid income. The four children in the family were sent to board at private schools in Australia. They therefore had an exceptional education and also were able to get quality health care. These factors allowed my ancestors to maintain their health, as well as their social and emotional wellbeing. However, people in less fortunate situations, who are subject to racism, have a poor education and extremely low incomes are…

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