Practical ways to overcome isolation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers: A Literature Review

Practical ways to overcome isolation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers: A Literature Review Report

  • Author(s): Jade Taylor
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: Carers Australia

Abstract: Carers Australia acknowledges that there is a lack of information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, their profile across Australia, health and wellbeing, and experiences in using carer services, programs and resources. Carers Australia has undertaken a study into the isolation experienced by Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander carers including the following literature review. This literature review begins with a profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers based on information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. This is followed by a discussion of the Australian literature on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, and the international literature on Indigenous/First Nations carers. The literature comprises journal articles, reports, and conference proceedings. The literature selected is relevant to unpaid carers who provide assistance to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged. The literature on foster carers, kinship carers or grandparent 'parents' was excluded. The literature was sourced through internet searches, searches of online academic databases, and requesting information from services providers and researchers. The Australian literature search resulted in 54 key documents being identified. These were reviewed in-depth and each document summarised. The following themes were determined based on this literature: 1) The lived experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers; 2) Barriers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers seeking support and accessing services; and 3) Ways to better enable support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers. The international literature search resulted in 15 key documents being identified. Discussion of the international literature was to primarily make inferences to the findings from Australia. In general, there is limited information available specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers and Indigenous/First Nations carers. The majority of information is based on qualitative research, focus groups and community consultations.

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Jade Taylor, 2013, Practical ways to overcome isolation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers: A Literature Review, Report, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3320.

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