The Health And Cultural Safety Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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Question 1 Identify five (5) significant historical issues or events post colonisation that had an impact on the health & cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Briefly discuss this impact for each of the 5 issues. Colonisation: One of the most immediate impacts on the health of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was Diseases. Diseases brought over by the British quickly spread throughout the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tribes. The Indigenous peoples did not have immunity to these European diseases and the populations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people suffered greatly. Small pox, measles and tuberculosis were among the diseases that did the most damage to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Governor Phillip reported that smallpox had killed half of the Indigenous people in the Sydney region within fourteen months of the arrival of the First Fleet. http://www.australianstogether.org.au/stories/detail/colonisation Stolen Generation: An example in Post Colonial Australian history that had an impact on both health and cultural safety is the Aborigine Act, passed by the Board for the Protection of Aborigines passed by all States and Territories in Australia. Under this law, a Chief Protector is “made the legal guardian of every Aboriginal and ‘half-caste’ child under 16 years old” (Stolen Generations timeline, n.d.). Children are removed from their families and housed in dormitories. Children were
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