The Impact Of History And Colonisation On Health Outcomes Essay

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The purpose of this paper is to critically analyse the impact of history and colonisation on contemporary First People’s health outcomes. It will also analyse how these impacts influenced Australia’s First Peoples ability to build trustful and respectful relationships within the healthcare system. It will commence by explaining the policy era of colonisation and how this era impacted on health. This will then lead into strength-based approaches that healthcare professionals can use to build trustful and respectful relationships. This paper will then introduce the assimilation policy and how this era impacted on health outcomes. Finally, it will conclude by critically analysing which strength-based approach will be best suited to improve these relationships with First peoples on a community and individual basis.

As stated by Korff (2016), “improving the health status of Indigenous people in Australia is a longstanding challenge for governments”. The gap in health status between those of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians is significantly wide. Considerable inequalities exist, primarily in relation to health such as chronic and communicable disease, employment, social status, education and life expectancy (Social Justice Report, 2006). Since the European invasion of Australia in 1788, by Captain James Cook declaring Australia to be terra nullius ‘land to no one”. Australia 's Indigenous people traditionally led very healthy lifestyles. History, has greatly impacted…

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