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Setting a new agenda: Developing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health strategy

Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Adams, Karen, Angus, Sandra, & Walker, Melissa (2011) Setting a new agenda: Developing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's health strategy. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 4(2), pp. 17-28.

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      Abstract

      The Australian National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Strategy was developed to reflect the health priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, as identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women themselves. This article describes the process used by the Australian Women’s Health Network to develop the strategy. The women involved in the research used the talking circle method and engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through a process referred to as ‘talkin’ up’, where women ‘talk back’ to one another about issues that matter to them. In this article, we describe the power of the talkin’ up process, as a way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to identify their own issues, discuss them in context and talk in a culturally safe environment. The strategy which emerged from this process is an accurate reflection of the issues that are important to Australian Indigenous women and highlights the improvements needed in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s health to strengthen and underpin women’s health, Indigeneity and their sense of well-being as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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      ID Code: 48555
      Item Type: Journal Article
      Additional Information: We feel honoured and privileged to have been invited into the lives of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who participated in this project. We thank you for your willingness to be involved and to share your stories. We hope that we have honoured you with the work and advocacy activities we undertake from the position of working towards better health status for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
      Keywords: Aboriginal , Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Women, Health, National , Strategy, Health Policy, NWHP
      ISSN: 1837-0144
      Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
      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)
      Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
      Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
      Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
      Current > Schools > School of Nursing
      Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Indigenous Studies Research Network, Queensland University of Technology
      Deposited On: 27 Jul 2012 14:00
      Last Modified: 31 Jul 2012 17:44

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