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Title: Aboriginal Health Workers: 'Trapped Between Two Worlds'
Contributor(s): Dahlstrom, Josephine Helen (author); Madison, Jeanne  (supervisor); Plummer, David (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2005
Copyright Date: 2004
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Although Aboriginal cultures have evolved and changed since the invasion in 1788 and colonisation by Europeans, many traditional cultural beliefs (e.g. socialisation and rituals) are still observed and practised. These cultural traditions and beliefs, even in the contemporary sphere, can clash with European (Western) ideals, socialisation and models of management. This collision of the dominant and Aboriginal cultures is particularly evident in the health status of Aboriginal people. The problems resulting from this cultural collision, in turn, impact heavily on the emotional, physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing of the Aboriginal Health Worker. This study, will explore, through in-depth interviews, how Aboriginal Health Workers live and adapt to working in two worlds, by trying to serve their black communities while using white rules. I will explore how Aboriginal Health Workers come to understand, manage and minimise risks to their own health while continuing to be effective helpers. The thesis will also explore how workers navigate both their workplace obligations and cultural responsibilities. The study aims to document and better understand how Aboriginal Health Workers manage these daily challenges and how it promotes their effectiveness as Aboriginal Health Workers. The aim is to improve their quality of life both in the communities they serve and at their places of work. Because of the necessity to live in these two worlds, the exploration of how they do or do not adapt to this way of working and living is the central concept of this study.
Publication Type: Thesis Masters Research
Rights Statement: Copyright 2004 - Josephine Helen Dahlstrom
HERDC Category Description: T1 Thesis - Masters Degree by Research
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