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Fear, trust and Aborigines : The historical experience of state institutions and current encounters in the health system

Cox, Leonie (2007) Fear, trust and Aborigines : The historical experience of state institutions and current encounters in the health system. Health and History : Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine, 9(2), pp. 70-92.

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Abstract

Troubled dynamics between residents of an Aboriginal town in Queensland and the local health system were established during colonisation and consolidated during those periods of Australian history where the policies of 'protection' (segregation), integration and then assimilation held sway. The status of Aboriginal health is, in part, related to interactions between the residents' current and historical experiences of the health and criminal justice systems as together these agencies used medical and moral policing to legitimate dispossession, marginalisation, institutionalisation and control of the residents. The punitive regulations and ethnocentric strategies used by these institutions are within the living memory of many of the residents or in the published accounts of preceding generations. This paper explores current residents' memories and experiences.

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ID Code: 26721
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Aborigines, Health, History, Trust, Institutions
ISSN: 1442-1771
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 > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine and authors
Deposited On: 07 Aug 2009 09:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:38

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