Reflection On Cultural Identity

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The purpose of this essay is to critically reflect on the new ideas I have learnt throughout this semester, ideas that has changed the way I understand the experiences of the Aboriginal and Torres strait islander people. The essay will also link my understanding of how cultural identity can influence health equity, using the CATSINaM’s definition of cultural safety.

During this semester, my learning experiences have been very momentous towards my understanding of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. My personal viewpoint has been opened during this semester. This unit has assisted in my understanding towards the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The one thing that really interested me was the birthing traditions, women’s business and the Grandmother’s Law in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders culture. Based on the Grandmother’s Law, pregnancy, birthing and raising the child are seen to be women’s business only. Grandmother’s Law offers a set of existing ceremonies and believes that have been taught over the generations.
Through the Grandmother’s Law women are assisted through the birth by strong and supportive women. Traditional healing practices used by Indigenous midwives during the birth, include therapeutic massage for relaxation, sand, heat, smoke and fire to help with pain and being spiritually strong after birth was important for the mother and baby. Traditional rituals aimed at stopping bleeding, healing, warming will be used.

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