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dc.contributor.authorDudgeon, P.
dc.contributor.authorWright, M.
dc.contributor.authorParadies, Y.
dc.contributor.authorGarvey, Darren
dc.contributor.authorWalker, I.
dc.contributor.editorPurdie, N., Dudgeon, P. and Walker, R
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-30T12:53:34Z
dc.date.available2017-01-30T12:53:34Z
dc.date.created2015-03-03T20:14:40Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationDudgeon, W. and Wright, M. and Paradies, Y. and Garvey, D. and Walker, I. 2010. The Social, Cultural and Historical Context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, in Purdie, N. and Dudgeon, P. and Walker, R. (eds), Working Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice, chapter 3, pp. 25-42. Barton ACT: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/26455
dc.description.abstract

To understand the contemporary life of Indigenous Australians, a historical and cultural background is essential. This chapter sets the context for further discussions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and issues related to their social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. The history of colonisation is addressed, the subsequent devastation of Indigenous Australians, and their resilience and struggle to claim equality and cultural recognition, and to shape the present. Indigenous Australia is made up of two cultural groups who have shared the same struggle, yet often when using the term Indigenous, a Torres Strait Islander history is absent. In this chapter both cultures are equally presented. Brief overviews are given of pre-contact times, colonisation, resistance and adaptation, shifting government policies, and the struggle for recognition. Indigenous identity and meanings of belonging in country, community and family are also briefly covered. Contemporary issues confronting Indigenous people are included, with particular attention to racism.

dc.publisherCommonwealth of Australia
dc.titleThe Social, Cultural and Historical Context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
dc.typeBook Chapter
dcterms.source.startPage25
dcterms.source.endPage42
dcterms.source.titleWorking Together: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practice
dcterms.source.isbn9781742410906
dcterms.source.placeACT
dcterms.source.chapter21
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available


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