Is Cancer A Second Biggest Killer Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Australians?
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Cancer is the second biggest killer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (Newman, et al., 2012, p. 434). The mortality rate in Aboriginal communities is more than three times higher than in non-Aboriginal communities. “One Size Fits All? The discursive framing of cultural difference in the health professional accounts of providing cancer care to Aboriginal People” is the title of a Peer-Reviewed journal article written by authors Newman et al.,. The main aim of this journal is to address the gap between Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals by taking a discourse approach to understanding how health professionals think and talk about the cancer care needs and experiences of Aboriginal Australians. Therefore, I will critically analyze the study along with their summary of research, review of current literature, the operationalization, how data was collected and measured and review their summary of findings and provide some critique of the flaws to determine its structure and credibility of research.
“One Size Fits All?” is the question posed in the title of the journal. This question relates to the problem of how health care professionals discursively frame cultural difference in their professional health accounts of providing cancer care to Aboriginal people and how health care professionals predominantly use Western ways of cancer care to all people disregarding their cultural differences, which then ignores different cultural approaches to cancer care. In other