Australia's aboriginal population and mental health

Robert Parker

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    It appears that mental illness was present in Australian Aboriginal culture prior to European colonization of Australia but was, most likely, a relatively rare occurrence. The much greater prevalence of mental illness and suicide in the current Aboriginal population is a reflection of the significant disruption to Aboriginal society and has a strong context of social and emotional deprivation. Management of the issues of mental illness in Aboriginal people requires a strong emphasis on cultural safety along with the recognition of family, culture and community in any therapeutic process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-7
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


    • Australian Aboriginal
    • Cultural safety
    • Mental illness
    • Suicide


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