Medical Marginalisation of Aboriginal Australians: Renal Transplantation and Xenotransplantation
Cook, Peta S. (2005) Medical Marginalisation of Aboriginal Australians: Renal Transplantation and Xenotransplantation. In Julian, Roberta, Rottier, Reannan, & White, Rob (Eds.) The Australian Sociological Association 2005 Annual Conference, 5 - 8 December 2005, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus.
The suffering of end-stage renal disease in Aboriginal Australians is significant. The demand of Aboriginal Australians on renal replacement therapies such as dialysis and transplantation however, does not equate to this need. This can be partially attributed to institutional racism, which perpetuates health marginalisation by embracing dominant value and belief systems. In this light, new technological developments such as xenotransplantation need to be addressed with consideration of not only their own inherent complexities, but also within existing institutionalised cultural assumptions. Therefore, this highlights a need to consider existing health disparities and transplant outcomes in Aboriginal community, in order to effectively develop xenotransplantation guidelines. In turn, the Australian community as a whole should be aware of such cultural issues in order to make informed decisions, and to provide informed consent.
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