The fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing: A conceptual model

Gail Garvey, Kate Anderson, Alana Gall, Tamara L. Butler, Lisa J. Whop, Brian Arley, Joan Cunningham, Michelle Dickson, Alan Cass, Julie Ratcliffe, Allison Tong, Kirsten Howard

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Abstract

Wellbeing is culturally bound and is shaped by many aspects of life, including experiences, beliefs and values. As such, in order to accurately measure wellbeing for a specific cultural group, it is necessary to understand the experiences, beliefs and values that influence the conception and experience of wellbeing of that group. This paper presents a conceptual model of wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which was developed from a large national qualitative study that explored the views of 359 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults. An Aboriginal-and Torres Strait Islander-led research team used an Indigenist research approach to iteratively develop this conceptual model, called the Fabric of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing model, which takes inspiration from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander weaving traditions whereby individual strands are twined to create fabrics that are both beautiful and strong. This reflects our findings that the parts of life that are most important to wellbeing for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are interwoven with their families, communities and culture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7745
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: The WM2Adults Project is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant (#1125434). This study was also supported by the NHMRC-funded Centre of Research Excellence in Targeted Approaches to Improve Cancer Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (TACTICS; #1153027). G.G. was funded by an NHMRC Investigator Award (#1176651). A.G. was supported by an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship (#1168150) and a TACTICS Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship (TACTICS #1153027). T.L.B. was supported by an ARC Discovery Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award (DAATSIA, IN190100050) funded by the Australian Government. J.C. was funded by an NHMRC Research Fellowship (#1058244). L.J.W. was funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (#1142035). A.C. was funded by an NHMRC Investigator Award (#1194677). A.T. was funded by an NHMRC Investigator Award (#1197324109). The funders had no role in the study design; collection, management, analysis and interpretation of data; nor in the writing of any reports, or the decision to submit the reports for publication.

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