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Abstract: Health and wellbeing is defined internationally as a multi-dimensional and holistic concept, particularly within Indigenous worldviews. However, in Australia there is a lack of detailed frameworks supporting such definitions that are founded on Aboriginal knowledges. This study aimed to explore Aboriginal perspectives of child health and wellbeing in an urban setting. Qualitative interviews with 25 care-givers of Aboriginal children living in Melbourne, Australia were conducted. Aboriginal people and community controlled organisations were collaborative partners in all stages of the research. A conceptual framework of Aboriginal child health and wellbeing in an urban setting was developed comprising four main themes: Strong Culture; Strong Child; Strong Environment; and Strengths and Challenges. Aboriginal conceptions of culture are considered central to Aboriginal child health and wellbeing in an urban context. A holistic framework that privileges Aboriginal knowledge of child health and wellbeing has not previously been available. Further exploration of socio-ecological models within Aboriginal child health and wellbeing contexts is needed. This study identifies dimensions for further exploration in research, policy and practice.

To cite this article: Priest, Naomi; Mackean, Tamara; Davis, Elise; Briggs, Lyn and Waters, Elizabeth. Aboriginal perspectives of child health and wellbeing in an urban setting: Developing a conceptual framework [online]. Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, Vol. 21, No. 2, Jun 2012: 180-195. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=740650216281540;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1446-1242. [cited 24 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Priest, Naomi; Mackean, Tamara; Davis, Elise; Briggs, Lyn; Waters, Elizabeth; Source: Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, Vol. 21, No. 2, Jun 2012: 180-195 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1446-1242 Subject: Indigenous children; Rural health services; Indigenous peoples--Social life and customs; Aboriginal Australians--Ethnic identity; Aboriginal Australians--Religion; Children--Health and hygiene; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) McCaughey Centre, and Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
(2) Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, University of Western Australia, and Public Health and Clinical Services Division, Department of Health, Perth, WA, Australia
(3) McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC, Australia
(4) Aboriginal Advancement League, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
(5) McCaughey Centre, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne VIC, Australia

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