Beyond the mainstream - health gains in remote aboriginal communities

P BURGESS, A MILERAN, Ross Stewart Bailie

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    Abstract

    Background: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have long asserted the health benefits of maintaining close links with the lands and seas to which they have ancestral connections. Objective: This article outlines the health findings of the 'Healthy country, healthy people' study conducted in central Arnhem Land between 2004-2007, which examined 'caring for country' practices in a remote Aboriginal community, and draws out the policy implications for health promotion and sustainable development. Discussion: At the request of, and in collaboration with, Aboriginal landowners in central Arnhem Land, the study investigated the ecological and human health outcomes associated with 'caring for country' practices. The study demonstrated significant and substantial health benefits associated with greater participation in caring for country, along with a healthier environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)986-988
    Number of pages3
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume37
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

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