Perspectives on a decolonizing approach to research about Indigenous women’s health : the Indigenous women’s wellness study

Walker, Melissa, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Mills, Kyly, & Anderson, Debra J. (2013) Perspectives on a decolonizing approach to research about Indigenous women’s health : the Indigenous women’s wellness study. AlterNative : An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, 9(3), pp. 204-216.

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Abstract

This paper explores a decolonizing approach to research about Indigenous women’s health in Australia. The paper identifies the strengths of decolonizing methodologies as a way to prioritize Indigenous values and world views, develop partnerships between researchers and the researched, and contribute to positive change. The authors draw on Laenui’s (2000) five-step model of decolonization to describe their work in the Indigenous Women’s Wellness Project in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. They argue that Laenui’s model presents a valuable framework for conducting decolonizing research projects about women’s health with Australian Indigenous women. The authors demonstrate that working within a decolonizing framework offers autonomy and sustainability for women’s wellness activities, while continuing to improve a community’s health and wellbeing outcomes.

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ID Code: 62234
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: We acknowledge the Indigenous women of North Brisbane who participated in the Indigenous Women’s Wellness Program Project. We offer acknowledgement to Bunyabilla Inc. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation, the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (QUT), Central Queensland university (CQUniversity, Australia) and the Commonwealth funded Health Collaborative Research Network (CRN) for their financial support.
Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Women, Health, Wellness, Program, Urban, Brisbane
ISSN: 1176-1801
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
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
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, University of Auckland
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2013 22:22
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2017 09:33

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