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Aboriginal healers working to keep traditional medicine alive

Date posted: 27 May 2014

A report on Aboriginal traditional medicine, Hand-in-hand, highlights the important work of traditional healers (Ngangkari) in the assisting the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.

The report investigates the role of Aboriginal traditional medicine in Australia and assesses the extent that it is recognised and integrated into the healthcare system. It also proposes a new South Australian policy framework to establish a two-way healthcare model which provides Indigenous Australians the choice between traditional healing and Western medicine.

The release of the report coincided with the formation of the first organisation for traditional healers in Australia; the Anangu Ngangkari Tjutaku Aboriginal Corporation (ANTAC).

Author of the report, Dr Francesca Panzironi, is hopeful that the proposed model will be recognised, saying, 'there is a qualified Aboriginal health workforce just waiting to be employed, and this is what ANTAC wants to do, to create an employment pathway for a qualified traditional workforce.’

Source: ABC news


Last updated: 3 June 2014
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