Aboriginal community control and decolonizing health policy : a yarn from Australia

Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Adams, Karen, & Edwards, Rebecca (2011) Aboriginal community control and decolonizing health policy : a yarn from Australia. In Lofgren, Hans, de Leeuw, Evelyne, & Michael, Leahy (Eds.) Democratizing Health : Consumer Groups in the Policy Process. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp. 81-96.

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Abstract

This chapter outlines: a brief history of Australian Aboriginal health and health policy and then moves on to demonstrate how the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) undertakes its work and is an example of 'decolonizing policy in action'. Moreover, it highlights how Aboriginal participation in the development of policy and in the planning, delivery, management and evaluation of health programs enables policies and programs to respond effectively to the needs of Aboriginal people and to change future health outcomes for them. It showcases how Aboriginal decision-making has gone some way to decolonizing policymaking and has addressed the power imbalance - both of which have been critical in the improvement in Aboriginal health outcomes.

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ID Code: 38488
Item Type: Book Chapter
Refereed: No
Additional Information: For further information about the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) see: http://www.vaccho.org.au/
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Keywords: Aboriginal , Australia, Victoria, Health , Policy, Indigenous, Koori, Community Controlled, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, ACCHO, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, VACCHO, Healthy Policy, Comprehensive Primary Health Care, CPHC, History
ISBN: 9781848447844
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 > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
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 Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Edward Elgar Publishing & Bronwyn Fredericks, Karen Adams, Rebecca Edwards, & the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2011 23:18
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2011 02:30

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