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Decolonising the health and well-being of Aboriginal men in Australia

Prehn, J ORCID: 0000-0002-0237-1513 and Ezzy, D ORCID: 0000-0002-5078-2288 2020 , 'Decolonising the health and well-being of Aboriginal men in Australia' , Journal of Sociology, vol. 56, no. 2 , pp. 151-166 .

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Abstract

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men have the worst health of any group in Australia.Despite this, relevant policies do not specifically explain how the issue will be improved. Existingresearch demonstrates the complexity of the problems facing Australian Indigenous men. Theintersection of masculinity and Indigeneity, compounded by colonisation, historical policies, stigma,marginalisation, trauma, grief and loss of identity are key factors that shape these poor healthoutcomes. These outcomes are acknowledged in federal and some state government policiesbut not implemented. The article argues for a holistic and decolonised approach to AustralianAboriginal men’s health. Effective models of intervention to improve men’s health outcomesinclude men’s health clinics, men’s groups, Men’s Sheds, men’s health camps/bush adventuretherapy, fathering groups and mentoring programs. Further research needs to be undertaken,with a greater emphasis on preventative health measures, adequate specific funding, culturally andgender appropriate responses to health, and government policy development and implementationcovering Aboriginal male health.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Prehn, J and Ezzy, D
Keywords: Aboriginal men's health, sociology, masculinity, gender, health, health inequality, Indigenous sociology, medical sociology, sociology
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1440-7833
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