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Beyond the mainstream - health gains in remote aboriginal communities

Burgess, Christopher P., Mileran, A. and Bailie, Ross S. (2008). Beyond the mainstream - health gains in remote aboriginal communities. Australian Family Physician,37(12):986-988.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 10005xPUB47
Title Beyond the mainstream - health gains in remote aboriginal communities
Author Burgess, Christopher P.
Mileran, A.
Bailie, Ross S.
Journal Name Australian Family Physician
Publication Date 2008
Volume Number 37
Issue Number 12
ISSN 0300-8495   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 986
End Page 988
Total Pages 3
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Field of Research 1117 - Public Health and Health Services
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract BACKGROUND: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have long asserted the health benefits of maintaining close links with the lands and seas to which they have ancestral connections.

OBJECTIVE: This article outlines the health findings of the 'Healthy country, healthy people' study conducted in central Arnhem Land between 2004-2007, which examined 'caring for country' practices in a remote Aboriginal community, and draws out the policy implications for health promotion and sustainable development.

DISCUSSION: At the request of, and in collaboration with, Aboriginal landowners in central Arnhem Land, the study investigated the ecological and human health outcomes associated with 'caring for country' practices. The study demonstrated significant and substantial health benefits associated with greater participation in caring for country, along with a healthier environment.
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