In a discussion of Indigenous health beliefs Taylor and Guerin state:
From an Indigenous perspective, health has little to do with the physical state and much more to do with social and emotional states, but this does not necessarily mean there is no common ground to be found. Health for Indigenous Peoples is commonly accepted as being linked, body to land. (2010, p. 93)
“Aboriginal health” means not just the physical well-being of an individual but refers to the social, emotional and cultural well-being of the whole Community in which each individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being, thereby bringing about the total well-being of their Community. It is a whole-of-life view and includes the cyclical concept of life-death-life.
Health care services should strive to achieve the state where every individual is able to achieve their full potential as a human being and this bring about the total well-being of their community.”
From Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council - see website for definitions of related terms
Our data (23 countries, 28 populations) provide evidence of poorer health and social outcomes for Indigenous peoples than for non-Indigenous populations. However, this is not uniformly the case, and the size of the rate difference varies.
Indigenous Australians Caring for Country (Australian Government - Department of the Environment)
Aboriginal Fishing (Victoria - Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
First Footprints (search title in Informit EduTV) – This four part documentary series explores the story of how people arrived and thrived on our continent. With startling new archaeological discoveries revealing how the first Australians adapted, migrated, fought and created in dramatically changing environments.
Message Stick: Caring For Country - Episodes 1 and 2 (search title in Informit EduTV)
Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography, School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University