Improving Indigenous women’s wellness through action research

Walker, Melissa, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., & Anderson, Debra J. (2013) Improving Indigenous women’s wellness through action research. ALAR Journal, 18(2), pp. 79-101.

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Today in Australia, 75% of all Indigenous Australians reside in urban and peri-urban areas. In Brisbane, Indigenous Australians now number just over 45,000, and this number is rapidly increasing. Undertaking research with urban based Indigenous Australians is a relatively new phenomenon. Most past research with Indigenous people has been carried out in remote and regional areas. This paper focuses on a Participation Action Research project undertaken with Indigenous women in the highly urbanised area of North Brisbane. The project takes on the challenge of undertaking urban based Indigenous research. It opts not to centre on poor Indigenous women’s health statistics but instead centres on Indigenous women’s wellness and ways to talk about and work towards wellness. Through the cycles of dialogue with Indigenous women these concepts were teased out and manifested in two highly successful Women’s Wellness Summits. This paper will outline aspects of this project.

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ID Code: 52812
Item Type: Journal Article
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Additional Information: The authors acknowledge Aunty Honor Cleary, Aunty Faye Gundy, Aunty Selena Seymour and the Indigenous women of North Brisbane who participated in the Indigenous Women’s Wellness Program Project. Acknowledgement is additionally offered to the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and Diabetes Australia Queensland for funding and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Central Queensland University for their institutional support. Melissa Walker is a Registered Nurse, has a Masters in Mental Health and is undertaking her PhD in Nursing focused on Indigenous women’s health and wellness. Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, QUT. She is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University. Debra Anderson is a Professor and the Head of Research with the School of Nursing at QUT.
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Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Health, Women's Health, Wellness, Action Research, North Brisbane, Nursing
ISSN: 1326-964x
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
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)
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 2013 Melissa Walker, Bronwyn Fredericks and Debra Anderson
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2013 23:24
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2014 05:09

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