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Book highlights Aboriginal care

8th February 2007

08022007_australiaindigenous.jpgA new book written in collaboration with a group of indigenous Australian healthworkers takes a look at the unique way in which they bring health care to a community still profoundly affected by a history of cultural oppression.

In Aboriginal Healthworkers: Primary Health Care at the Margins, Bill Genat documents the everyday practice of primary healthcare workers as they visit Aboriginal clients in their home.

Published by the University of Western Australia Press, the book highlights how their work is still deeply bound up with their community's ongoing experience of loss, exclusion and racism, and how that experience undermines health.

Healthcare workers' responses to clients caught up in personal and family problems, housing difficulties and lack of income often shifted attention away from clinical health management, Genat found.

The book also includes detailed accounts of how Aborginal healthcare workers have developed their own unique, indigenous healing practice in spite of a serious lack of professional recognition and support.


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