'Getting a job' : Aborignal Women's issues and experiences in the health sector

Fredericks, Bronwyn L. (2009) 'Getting a job' : Aborignal Women's issues and experiences in the health sector. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 2(1), pp. 24-35.

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Indigenous participation in employment has long been seen as an indicator of Indigenous economic participation in Australia. Researchers have linked participation in employment to improved health outcomes, increased education levels and greater self-esteem. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Indigenous workforce policies and employment strategies as employers and industries attempt to employ more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Coupled with this has been a push to employ more Indigenous people in specific sectors to address the multiple layers of disadvantage experienced by Indigenous people, for example, the health sector. This paper draws on interview discussions with Aboriginal women in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, along with findings from the research of others to offer a greater understanding of the mixed benefits of increased Indigenous employment. What is demonstrated is that the nature of Indigenous employment is complex and not as simple as ‘just getting a job’.

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ID Code: 26718
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Employment, Job, Workforce, Health, Participation
ISSN: 1837-0144
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies (200201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Bronwyn Fredericks
Deposited On: 02 Nov 2009 01:54
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2015 15:10

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