Australian government policies – relating to Indigenous Australians, has generated the current politically engineered Indigenous health crises. You will demonstrate your understanding and knowledge as well as application of principles to decision making for healthcare.
Steps– To complete your Written Assignment:
Undeniably Australian Government policy from the past has directly impacted upon the health status of Indigenous Australians today – The focus of this assessment will be on: Australian Indigenous Men and Women’.
Discuss how the ‘Policy of Assimilation 1961’, has impacted on the overall health status of Australian Indigenous Men and Women today.
Step 1 – It is important for health professionals to gain knowledge of the pre-invasion health status of the Australian Indigenous population to understand the impact caused by Australia’s government policies. You should start your written assignment by identifying the pre-invasion health status of ‘Australian Indigenous Peoples’ .
Step 2 – Provide a background statement outlining the current health status of Australian Indigenous Peoples and how this contrasts with their representation of health. Note – Indigenous Australian people have their own interpretation of health which contrasts greatly to the western medical model
Step 3 – Critically analyse and explain the intent of the Assimilation Policy of 1961 (use examples from the Assimilation Policy 1961 and from your Textbook). Provide examples of how Assimilation practices have impacted on the health status of Australian Indigenous Peoples today
Step 4 – Identify and critically discuss the links between the intent of the Assimilation Policy of 1961 and the present health status of the Australian Indigenous Men and Women today specifically related to the following topics:
Australian Indigenous Men in Sport – Racism impacting on their mental health and Identity
Australian Indigenous Pregnant Women – Racism impacting on the physical health of them and their unborn baby
Australian Indigenous Men and Women – Racism impacting on their health and wellbeing while engaging with health professionals during the COVID 19 pandemic response.
Trauma from Assimilation Policies has had a multigenerational effect on Australian Indigenous Peoples. If you work in Australia as a Registered Nurse/Midwife – you will provide care for members of this cultural demographic. The “Close the Gap” initiative is high on the Australian Government agenda.
Step 5 – With this knowledge how can ‘you’ as a health professional such as the Registered Nurse or the Registered Midwife ensure that ‘you’ work with ‘Australian Indigenous Peoples’ in a culturally safe way to help “Close the Gap”This section only will need to be written in 1st person – not the entire written assignment. You will not receive marks for this section if written in 3rd person.
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