Indigenous Australian 's Impact On Mental Health And Social And Emotional Wellbeing

1407 WordsMar 10, 20156 Pages
It is well established that Indigenous Australian’s have a lower state of health and wellbeing than non-Indigenous people (Paradies, Harries, and Anderson, 2008). Aboriginal people have a diverse culture with a rich and compelling history and the impact of colonisation, legislation and the stolen generation has created significant hardships for Indigenous Australians, putting them as the most disadvantaged group (Paradies, Harries, and Anderson, 2008). It is known that their life expectancy is seventeen years less than other Australians. The aim of this assignment is to do a biography of an Indigenous person as a representative of a specific Indigenous health topic. It is about putting the face to facts and telling a story that comes with the statistics. This biographical narrative will share the journey of a Stolen Generation survivor embarked on, tracing their family members. It will highlight the traumatic effects associated with the separation by looking at the effects on mental health and social and emotional wellbeing. It will seek to bring about ways of understanding and grasping the perspective of the effects of the Stolen Generation, as well as outlining statistics of health in comparison to those who were not removed from their families. The stolen Generations were the children of Indigenous Australians who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies. The removals occurred in the period between 1909 and 1969
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