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Strengths and challenges for Koori kids: Harder for Koori kids, Koori kids doing well - exploring Aboriginal perspectives on social determinants of Aboriginal child health and wellbeing

Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association
Volume 21 Issue 2 (Jun 2012)

Abstract: This study explored Aboriginal perspectives of child health and wellbeing in an urban area in partnership with Aboriginal people and organisations. In depth interviews were conducted with 25 grandparents, parents, aunties or uncles of Aboriginal children. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed. A major conceptual theme was related to social, historical, and political factors seen by participants as influencing urban Aboriginal child health and wellbeing. This theme was called 'Strengths and Challenges: Harder for Koori Kids/Koori Kids Doing Well'. Increased challenges to achieving good health and wellbeing faced by Aboriginal children due to factors in their social, historical and political environment were emphasised. Many of these factors can be related back to historical and contemporary forms of racism. On the other hand, there was also a clear call to recognise and celebrate that many Aboriginal children were doing well in the context of these added challenges.

To cite this article: Priest, Naomi; MacKean, Tamara; Davis, Elise; Waters, Elizabeth and Briggs, Lyn. Strengths and challenges for Koori kids: Harder for Koori kids, Koori kids doing well - exploring Aboriginal perspectives on social determinants of Aboriginal child health and wellbeing [online]. Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, Vol. 21, No. 2, Jun 2012: 165-179. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=740557051425250;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1446-1242. [cited 29 May 16].

Personal Author: Priest, Naomi; MacKean, Tamara; Davis, Elise; Waters, Elizabeth; Briggs, Lyn; Source: Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, Vol. 21, No. 2, Jun 2012: 165-179 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1446-1242 Subject: Koori (Australian people); Children--Health and hygiene; Child health services; Children, Aboriginal Australian--Social conditions; Race relations; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) McCaughey Centre, 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) The Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, McCaughey Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
(4) The Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, McCaughey Centre, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
(5) Aboriginal Advancement League, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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