Case study of a decolonising Aboriginal community controlled comprehensive primary health care response to alcohol-related harm

Toby Freeman, Fran Baum, Tamara Mackean, Anna Ziersch, Juanita Sherwood, Tahnia Edwards, John Boffa

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    Abstract

    Objective: This paper provides a case study of the responses to alcohol of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (The Service), and investigates the implementation of comprehensive primary health care and how it challenges the logic of colonial approaches.

    Methods: Data were drawn from a larger comprehensive primary health care study. Data on actions on alcohol were collected from: a) six-monthly service reports of activities; b) 29 interviews with staff and board members; c) six interviews with advocacy partners; and d) community assessment workshops with 13 service users.

    Results: The Service engaged in rehabilitative, curative, preventive and promotive work targeting alcohol, including advocacy and collaborative action on social determinants of health. It challenged other government approaches by increasing Aboriginal people’s control, providing culturally safe services, addressing racism, and advocating to government and industry.

    Conclusions: This case study provides an example of implementation of the full continuum of comprehensive primary health care activities. It shows how community control can challenge colonialism and ongoing power imbalances to promote evidence-based policy and practice that support self-determination as a positive determinant for health.

    Implications for public health: Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services are a good model for comprehensive primary health care approaches to alcohol control.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)532-537
    Number of pages6
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    Volume43
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

    Keywords

    • alcohol drinking
    • colonisation
    • primary health care
    • racism
    • social determinants of health

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