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HIV/AIDS in Indigenous Australia: path to community-controlled health

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HIV/AIDS in Indigenous Australia: path to community-controlled health

by Yamada T

Thesis
Year 2002
City Melbourne, Victoria
University La Trobe University
Number of pages 60
Thesis type Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Although the reported number of HIV/AIDS cases among Indigenous Australians is low, the ATSI population shows a great vulnerability to both HIV infection and AIDS related deaths once contracted. "Surrogate" measures of HIV/AIDS show the possibility of higher rates than the currently available statistics. The factors that increase vulnerability to HIV/AIDS derive from the Indigenous experience of cultural dispossession, resulting in low socio-economic status and poor health, equivalent to that of developing nations. Social marginalisation and racism are evident in many aspects of the Indigenous life, seen strikingly in the area of health. There is an urgent need to accommodate Indigenous health needs by way of community-controlled health services and culturally appropriate approaches. Its implication is the improvement of holistic Indigenous health and HIV/AIDS prevention.

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