Beyond the mainstream: Health gains in remote Aboriginal communities

Beyond the mainstream: Health gains in remote Aboriginal communities Journal Article

Australian Family Physician

  • Author(s): Burgess, P, Mileran, A, Baile, R
  • Published: 2008
  • Volume: 37

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.

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Burgess, P, Mileran, A, Baile, R, 2008, Beyond the mainstream: Health gains in remote Aboriginal communities, Volume:37, Journal Article, viewed 15 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=5497.

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