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Aboriginal Reflection

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According to Vass, Mitchell, and Dhurrkay (2011), the incidence of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, renal disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic obstructive airway disease among Indigenous Australians is quite significant. In addition, the presence of mental health conditions and infectious diseases such as scabies, skin infections and rheumatic fever has also attributed considerably to the disease burden (Vass, et al, 2011). As a disability support worker, I had the opportunity to look after indigenous clients. With my experience working with them, it shed some light on me with how they value their culture and gave me an insight on their view about health concerning issues. I had my misconceptions about how aboriginal people…show more content…
This is a story about Samantha L., a twenty-three year old Aboriginal woman who was born and raised from a remote community in Hodgson Downs, Northern Territory. She is married to Carl and a mother to eight year old Patrick. Her health journey can be traced back when she was still a baby, she suffered from acquired brain injury as a result of head trauma. Acquired brain injury (ABI) according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare refers to any impairment to the brain that happened after birth caused by accidents, stroke, lack of oxygen and degenerative neurological disease which often leads to a range of impairments in cognitive, physical and psychosocial functioning. Furthermore, she is also diagnosed with chronic renal failure and seizure disorder. Samantha grew up in the care of her grandmother whom she fondly called “nana”. Her mother died as a complication of chronic illness which is diabetes while she never knew her father who left them even before she was born. Although she has no siblings, she was showered with love and attention from aunts and cousins. The effect of Samantha’s brain injury is a permanent disability…show more content…
According to Stumpers and Thomson (2013) kidney disease is a major health problem for all Australians, however severe kidney disease has been constantly reported to be of higher incidence among indigenous people compared to non-indigenous people. In addition, causes of kidney disease among indigenous Australians are commonly associated to numerous multiple risk factors comprising of repeated infections, hypertension, diabetes, obesity as well as high risk behaviours that can harmfully affect health like poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol consumption and tobacco use to name a few (Stumpers and Thomson, 2013). Furthermore, according to Stumpers and Thomson (2013), these disorders are prevailing among indigenous people, mostly indigenous women. Samantha is considered obese, as she stands 5’3 feet tall and tip the scales at 180 pounds. Although she denies alcohol and tobacco use, her daily consumption of sweets and Coca-Cola in large quantities increases her mortality from kidney failure. Moreover, her diet also consists of salt as she always like to put some on her meal. To make matters worse for her, Samantha is sedentary and dislikes physical activity as she would prefer to sit in the couch to watch television instead. Samantha has never had an episode of seizure for several years now as she is under medication to control it as claimed by her case
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