Enhancing and promoting Indigenous women's wellness

Walker, Melissa, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Anderson, Debra, Cleary, Honor, & Seymour, Selena (2012) Enhancing and promoting Indigenous women's wellness. In Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International 23rd International Nursing research Congress, 30 July - 3 August 2012, Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)

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The term "Social and Emotional Wellbeing" (SEWB) was coined through the noted inability of conventional psychiatric terminology when addressing Indigenous holistic connections and opposes the Anglo-Saxon terminology that often boxes "mental health" as a diagnosis, disease or illness into separate origins from that of other personal holistic existence, which in turn directly objects to Indigenous thinking and perceptions of wellbeing. Purpose: This study's aim was to explore what Indigenous Women's Social and Emotional Wellbeing is, through Indigenous perceptions, beliefs and knowledge of Indigenous women's wellbeing experiences. Methods: Data was derived from semi-structured focus groups incorporating Indigenous specific Yarning, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have experienced or were at risk of developing social and emotional wellness problems came together. Results: The women identified many factors underpinning social and emotional wellness and what it means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The major themes centred around wellness and health, autonomy, Indigenous women being heard, historical factors, support and Indigenous women's group development and continuation. Conclusion: These issues where then explored and compared to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Strategy Action Areas.

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ID Code: 52902
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Women, Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health, Wellness, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Strategy
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)
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 Melissa Walker, Bronwyn Fredericks, Debra Anderson, Honor Cleary and Selena Seymour
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 22:34
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2017 22:17

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