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There are many statistics that highlight the poor health and wellbeing of indigenous Australians. Despite the statistics there are many Aboriginal people who say that they are satisfied with their life.
Recent research from the Australian National University Centre of Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (2011), suggests that Aboriginal people are more likely to report positive wellbeing if they:
One of the reasons for this paradox is that Aboriginal Australians have different measures for wellbeing. Aboriginal wellbeing recognises the individual as well as the social, cultural, economic and natural environments. For example, Aboriginal Australians view culture, heritage and connection to land; as well as family, kinships and community as important dimensions of wellbeing.
In Aboriginal wellbeing the whole community is paramount and essential for the health and wellbeing of the individuals that make up community.
Following are aspects of life that contribute to Aboriginal wellbeing
One of the aims of this website is to share information and resources to enhance wellbeing. Find out more about our Growing Strong Staying Strong Program.
Dr Melissa Feeney (2009), “Reclaiming the Spirit of Well Being: Promising healing practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”, Discussion Paper, The Stolen Generations Alliance & Centre for Applied Psychology, Canberra University
Garvey D (2008), “A review of the social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australian peoples – considerations, challenges and opportunities”. Retrieved 28th April 2011 from http://www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/sewb_review
Dr Nicholas Biddle (2011) Measures of Indigenous wellbeing and their determinants across the lifecourse. Retrieved 28th April 2011 from http://caepr.anu.edu.au/population/lectures2011.php