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Understanding Indigenous Australian women's social and emotional wellbeing and wellness through yarning : the Indigenous Women's Wellness Program

Walker, Melissa, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., & Anderson, Debra J. (2012) Understanding Indigenous Australian women's social and emotional wellbeing and wellness through yarning : the Indigenous Women's Wellness Program. In Proceedings of the International Indigenous Development Research Conference 2012, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 270-276.

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Abstract

This paper explores Indigenous Australian women’s understanding of wellness, through the lens of social and emotional wellbeing. The authors use a “yarning” approach to explore how wellness is important to Indigenous women who live in North Brisbane (Australia). They discuss the benefits of yarning and its strength as a methodology for conducting research and building activism within Indigenous Australian communities. They argue that, for Indigenous Australian women, wellness is linked to a sense of wholeness and strongly related to the feeling of connection that women get from meeting together and having time for women’s business. They describe the way that their research project developed into a community summit focused on Indigenous women’s wellness.

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ID Code: 55258
Item Type: Conference Paper
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: Indigenous Womens, Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Wellness, Womens Health
ISBN: 9780986462245
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)
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
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2012 07:48
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 05:58

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