Culture makes you stronger : Aboriginal women’s voices from the South Coast of NSW

Longbottom, Marlene, Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Service, Board, Worner, Fay, Fredericks, Bronwyn L., Sherwood, Juanita, Bolt , Rueben , Speare , Rick , Usher , Kim , Buettner, Pettra, Tsey, Komla, & Judd, Jenni (2014) Culture makes you stronger : Aboriginal women’s voices from the South Coast of NSW. In 2014 AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference : Breaking Barriers in Indigenous Research and Thinking, 26-28 March, 2014, National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT. (Unpublished)

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This paper will describe a community based research project examining the health and wellbeing of a sample of Aboriginal women in Australia, and present preliminary findings of a community needs analysis. The Shoalhaven Koori Women’s Study (SKWS) is being led by an Aboriginal woman based within Waminda, an Aboriginal women’s community controlled service located on the South Coast of NSW. The community needs analysis is the first stage of the SKWS, and aims to explore Aboriginal women’s perceptions and experiences of wellness and wellbeing, including issues related to their personal strengths, health and social priorities, support needs and that of their families. Thirty Aboriginal women were interviewed using a survey that included closed and open ended questions. Methods used to administer the survey included yarning and Dadirri (deep listening), two valid and culturally safe approaches for data collection with Aboriginal people. Adopting these approaches ensured Aboriginal protocols were maintained and upheld throughout the research process. This enabled scientific rigour while also ensuring activities were culturally safe. Key findings of the survey will be presented, and how Waminda is modifying service delivery to better respond to the health and social priorities of Aboriginal women in the Shoalhaven region will be discussed. Community feedback of survey results will occur to validate the analysis from the community perspective.

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ID Code: 71361
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: We offer acknowledgement to the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) for funding the original project. We offer acknowledgement to the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) based at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for their support and for funding Marlene Longbottom to attend and present at the AIATSIS conference on behalf of the Waminda South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Service and the project's research team. We recognise the support offered to Marlene Longbottom by the Institute of Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH).
Keywords: Aboriginal , Indigenous , Women , Health , Wellbeing, Waminda, South Coast, Nowra, NSW, Community-based research
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)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 please consult authors.
Deposited On: 12 May 2014 04:11
Last Modified: 12 May 2014 20:08

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